What Is Gout?
You’ve probably heard of gout. You may know that Henry VIII, Benjamin Franklin or some other historical figure had it. But chances are you don't know exactly what it is. Also known as acute gouty arthritis, gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the blood, which crystallizes in the joints, causing swelling and pain. Alcohol, diet, genes and certain conditions all increase the risk of gout.Learn More
What Does Gout Feel Like?
Gout typically comes on suddenly and without warning. It most often attacks the joint in the big toe first, though the ankle, wrists and other joints may also be affected. The joints become swollen and stiff, and the pain can be so severe that even the weight of bed sheets hurts.Read More
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Are there different stages of gout?
Gout has three stages of development. The first stage is asymptomatic hyperuricemia, wherein a person has a high level of uric acid in the blood but no…
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