<p>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 <a href="/health/gout/there-other-names-for-gout" target="_blank">acute gouty arthritis,</a> 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 <a href="/health/gout-causes-risks/what-increase-risk-developing-gout">risk</a> of gout.</p>Learn More
Is it Gout or Arthritis?What's the difference?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Can children develop gout?
<p>Cases of gout in children are extremely rare. If a child does develop gout, it is usually because of an inherited condition that affects their kidneys or uric acid production levels. Certain types of cancer, such as leukemia, may increase your child's risk, too.</p>
- QAre gout attacks preventable?
- QWhy does gout often first appear in the feet?
- QHow common is gout?
- QHow does gout affect the body?
- QWhat do I need to know about caring for someone with gout?
- QAre there different types of gout?
- QAre there different stages of gout?
- QAre there other names for gout?
- QWhat is gout?
- QHow is gout different from other forms of arthritis?
- QHow do I care for my feet if I have gout?
- QWho is affected by gout?
- QWhen should I call my doctor if I have gout?