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Signs of Gout<br />
The signs of gout are most common among middle-aged men. <br />
It also attacks younger people and women, but this is less common. <br />
Gout is caused by increased amounts of uric acid in the blood. <br />
This leads to the formation of tiny needle-like urate crystals. <br />
These crystals get deposited in the soft tissues, usually around joints.<br />
Due to this the joints become stiff, swollen, red and incredibly painful. <br />
These symptoms and their sudden onset are main signs of gout. <br />
Gout is a chronic and progressive disease.<br />
Unless properly managed it will continue to worsen. <br />
Gout is even capable of causing permanent damage in your body. <br />
It is very important to know the signs of gout for proper diagnosisat an early stage.<br />
Otherwise the disease can progress into other severe stages. <br />
The sufferer will also be seeking early relief from the pain and suffering<br />
The most common sign of gout is the onset of acute pain along with redness, tenderness and inflammation. <br />
The attack will often come on overnight, with no prior indication that there might be a problem. <br />
The most common place for a first gout attack is the big toe.<br />
Although other joints of the body can be affected as well. <br />
A clinical diagnosis may include an analysis of the synovial fluid around the joint.<br />
If uric acid crystals are present then a definitive diagnosis of gout may be given.<br />
The intense pain, which is one of the surest signs of gout, usually stays for a few days. <br />
It may subside with or without medication or it may last up to one or two weeks. <br />
Some patients may also have a fever during a gout attack. <br />
A sign of advanced gout is the formation of tophi. <br />
These are nodular masses of uric acid crystals which form under the skin. <br />
Tophi form in any of the soft tissue areas of the body. <br />
The formation of tophi in the body signifies a very high uric acid level. <br />
If you are seeing tophi then it would be a good idea to get along to your doctor!<br />
Immediate medical attention should be sought to prevent further damage to the joints and other bodily systems.<br />
Diet plays an important role in the control and management of gout.<br />
You must significantly reduce purine-rich foods. <br />
Also add more vegetables and fruits to your gout diet. <br />
And be certain to increase fluid intake and abstain from or limit consumption of alcohol<br />
Be very aware that gout is a progressive disease. <br />
Early signs of gout eventually give way to more chronic or even permanent damage. <br />
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What are the signs of gout? Gout is a painful condition, often affecting the toes, but it can affect many other joints as well. If left alone it can get worse, turn into a chronic problem and even cause permanent damage

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  1. 1. Signs of Gout<br />
  2. 2. The signs of gout are most common among middle-aged men. <br />
  3. 3. It also attacks younger people and women, but this is less common. <br />
  4. 4. Gout is caused by increased amounts of uric acid in the blood. <br />
  5. 5. This leads to the formation of tiny needle-like urate crystals. <br />
  6. 6. These crystals get deposited in the soft tissues, usually around joints.<br />
  7. 7. Due to this the joints become stiff, swollen, red and incredibly painful. <br />
  8. 8. These symptoms and their sudden onset are main signs of gout. <br />
  9. 9. Gout is a chronic and progressive disease.<br />
  10. 10. Unless properly managed it will continue to worsen. <br />
  11. 11. Gout is even capable of causing permanent damage in your body. <br />
  12. 12. It is very important to know the signs of gout for proper diagnosisat an early stage.<br />
  13. 13. Otherwise the disease can progress into other severe stages. <br />
  14. 14. The sufferer will also be seeking early relief from the pain and suffering<br />
  15. 15. The most common sign of gout is the onset of acute pain along with redness, tenderness and inflammation. <br />
  16. 16. The attack will often come on overnight, with no prior indication that there might be a problem. <br />
  17. 17. The most common place for a first gout attack is the big toe.<br />
  18. 18. Although other joints of the body can be affected as well. <br />
  19. 19. A clinical diagnosis may include an analysis of the synovial fluid around the joint.<br />
  20. 20. If uric acid crystals are present then a definitive diagnosis of gout may be given.<br />
  21. 21. The intense pain, which is one of the surest signs of gout, usually stays for a few days. <br />
  22. 22. It may subside with or without medication or it may last up to one or two weeks. <br />
  23. 23. Some patients may also have a fever during a gout attack. <br />
  24. 24. A sign of advanced gout is the formation of tophi. <br />
  25. 25. These are nodular masses of uric acid crystals which form under the skin. <br />
  26. 26. Tophi form in any of the soft tissue areas of the body. <br />
  27. 27. The formation of tophi in the body signifies a very high uric acid level. <br />
  28. 28. If you are seeing tophi then it would be a good idea to get along to your doctor!<br />
  29. 29. Immediate medical attention should be sought to prevent further damage to the joints and other bodily systems.<br />
  30. 30. Diet plays an important role in the control and management of gout.<br />
  31. 31. You must significantly reduce purine-rich foods. <br />
  32. 32. Also add more vegetables and fruits to your gout diet. <br />
  33. 33. And be certain to increase fluid intake and abstain from or limit consumption of alcohol<br />
  34. 34. Be very aware that gout is a progressive disease. <br />
  35. 35. Early signs of gout eventually give way to more chronic or even permanent damage. <br />
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