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All You Need to Know About Gout

All You Need to Know About Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects body joints such as wrists, ankles, hands and feet. The joint on the big toe is, however, the most commonly affected part. The affected joints become stiff, swollen, and extremely painful. Fortunately, the condition is manageable and can be treated. 

Here is a look at important gout information that you need to know for effective prevention and management.

Symptoms of gout - The most common symptom of gout is pain in the affected joint. So intense is the pain that an affected toe cannot bear the weight of cotton sheet. The pain often starts suddenly at night and can go on for between four to twelve hours. Apart from pain, another common gout symptom is swelling of the affected joints. They become tender, look red, and feel hot.


Causes of gout - Gout is caused by excessive uric acid in the blood. The acid is formed through breakdown of purine chemicals which are common in high-protein foods such as poultr…