What Is Gout?

What Is Gout?

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Transcript: What Is Gout?

I’m doing this video to share some information about gout. Gout is a condition that causes sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in your joints. It happens most often in the big toe, and a few years ago, it happened to me. So I started doing a lot of reading on reputable medical websites like these and I’ll summarize the basics in this short video.

Gout is actually a form of arthritis form of arthritis that comes on as you get older. You see it more often in men, and women become more likely to get it after menopause.

An attack can get your attention. Sharp pain comes out of nowhere, possibly when you’re sleeping. The affected area will feel unusually warm. Swelling and tenderness are typical, and just touching the area can set off severe pain.

Gout is caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals. Uric acid is a by product crtain substances that are your body produces, and that you get from food you eat, including certain meats and seafood. Also, alcoholic beverages, especially beer, and drinks sweetened with fruit sugar.

Symptoms include:

As mentioned, intense joint pain, often in the big toe but also the ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain is usually most intense in a window extending from four to twelve hours after it starts.

Pain lingers. The really severe pain subsides, some joint discomfort may continue for several days up to several weeks.

Swelling and redness. The affected area will feel warm and appear red.

Reduced range of motion in the affected joint.

Gout is treatable, and doctors usually recommend certain medications — which medications will depend on your current health and your own preferences.

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