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Gout is a type of arthritis that causes painful inflammation in the joints. Usually it affects one joint which is most commonly the big toe. However, it can affect any joint in the body such as the ankles, knees, wrists, elbows and any joints in the hands or finger.

Symptoms of gout usually develop rapidly and usually start at night. The joint may then start to feel normal again with any pain or discomfort eventually disappearing . However, most people who get gout will have further attacks in the future.

The symptoms of gout are caused by an above normal level of urate in the bloodstream, which builds up and forms crystals, mainly in and around joints and especially in the finger and toe joints. This can lead to intensely pain and inflammation.

There are several factors that can increase the level of blood urate. These include a diet rich in purines (which form urate when broken down) such as red meat, seafood and some other foods; excess alcohol consumption; the use of certain medicines such as diuretics; a family history of gout; kidney disease; and overweight or obesity.

Gout affects about 1% of the population and is more common in men, particularly those aged 30 to 60, and in women who have already experienced the menopause.
A systematic approach towards diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

A systematic approach towards diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Novel cellular pathway may clarify how arterial inflammation develops into atherosclerosis

Novel cellular pathway may clarify how arterial inflammation develops into atherosclerosis

Canakinumab reduces gout rate by more than half in atherosclerosis patients, study shows

Canakinumab reduces gout rate by more than half in atherosclerosis patients, study shows

Study shows improvements in adherence, outcomes of gout patients receiving text message reminders

Study shows improvements in adherence, outcomes of gout patients receiving text message reminders

FDA approves combination of Venclexta and Rituxan for lymphocytic leukemia treatment

FDA approves combination of Venclexta and Rituxan for lymphocytic leukemia treatment

Virtual follow-up visits for hypertension care just as effective as in-person office visits

Virtual follow-up visits for hypertension care just as effective as in-person office visits

Study finds no association between gout and increased fracture risk

Study finds no association between gout and increased fracture risk

Increase in coffee consumption may help battle against colon cancer

Increase in coffee consumption may help battle against colon cancer

New technique provides pairs of genetically matched cells to study disease

New technique provides pairs of genetically matched cells to study disease

Gout medication may help improve heart function in adult patients

Gout medication may help improve heart function in adult patients

Kidney stones on the rise among Americans, finds study

Kidney stones on the rise among Americans, finds study

New discovery could be key to stopping damage caused by inflammation in many diseases

New discovery could be key to stopping damage caused by inflammation in many diseases

Studies find alarming shortage of rheumatology workforce in future

Studies find alarming shortage of rheumatology workforce in future

Moderate coffee consumption more likely to provide beneficial health outcomes

Moderate coffee consumption more likely to provide beneficial health outcomes

Online consultation via mobile app reduces costs and delays for rheumatic disease patients

Online consultation via mobile app reduces costs and delays for rheumatic disease patients

Drug treatment reduces gout flares in clinical study

Drug treatment reduces gout flares in clinical study

Study shows how regular exercise, stress reduction could lead to better health in lupus patients

Study shows how regular exercise, stress reduction could lead to better health in lupus patients

New shingles vaccine gets FDA panel votes

New shingles vaccine gets FDA panel votes

Gout patient hospitalizations: what’s causing the increase?

Gout patient hospitalizations: what’s causing the increase?

Anti-inflammatory therapy reduces incidence of lung cancer

Anti-inflammatory therapy reduces incidence of lung cancer