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Gout - Prevention

Gout usually develops after a number of years of buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissue. You probably won't know that you have an elevated uric acid level in your blood until you have had your first gout attack.

But you can help prevent or reduce the severity of future gout attacks. To learn more, see Home Treatment.

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Understanding Gout -- Symptoms

Symptoms of gout usually strike unexpectedly. They typically do not last more than a week, but may recur. Although, less commonly, some patients may have chronic pain due to gout. Symptoms of a gout attack may include: Sudden, intense pain in a joint, typically the big toe or ankle, sometimes the knee, hand, or wrist Swelling, inflammation, and a feeling that the joint is very hot Extreme tenderness of the joint to even the lightest touch Red or purple skin around the joint In extreme...

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Last Updated: June 12, 2012
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