Gout (Gouty Arthritis)
Table of Contents
- Gout (gouty arthritis) facts
- What is gout?
- What causes gout?
- What are risk factors for gout?
- What are gout symptoms and signs?
- What types of doctors treat gout?
- How do health care providers diagnose gout?
- When should gout be treated?
- What are treatments and home remedies for gout?
- Do gout medications have any side effects?
- What foods should people with gout eliminate from their diet?
- What complications are associated with gout?
- What is the prognosis of gout?
- Is it possible to prevent gout?
- What research is being done on gout?
Gout (gouty arthritis) facts
- Gout is a type of arthritis that causes inflammation, usually in one joint, that begins suddenly.
- Gouty arthritis is caused by the deposition of crystals of uric acid in a joint.
- Gout can cause symptoms and signs such as
- nodules under the skin called tophi,
- joint redness,
- swollen joints,
- joint pain, and
- warmth of the joint.
- The most reliable method to diagnose gout is to have fluid removed from an inflamed joint and examined under a microscope for uric acid crystals.
- Chronic gout is treated using medications that lower the uric acid level in the body.
- Left untreated, gout can cause irreversible joint damage, kidney problems, and tophi.
- Triggers for acute attacks of gout include surgery, dehydration, beverages sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, beer, liquor, red meat, and seafood.
- Cherries may help prevent gout attacks.
1/11Reviewed on 7/7/2017
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