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How can I tell if my gout is getting worse?

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Gout will happen differently for everyone. But signs that it may be getting worse include:

  • Flares happen more often and last longer.
  • Flare-ups in other parts of your body. About half of people with gout have their first attack in the joint at the base of the big toe.
  • Bumps form under the skin
  • Kidney problems

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Gout."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Gout."

MedlinePlus: "Allopurinol."

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. "Stepwise dose increase of febuxostat is comparable with colchicine prophylaxis for the prevention of gout flares during the initial phase of urate-lowering therapy: results from FORTUNE-1, a prospective, multicentre randomised study." Vol. 77, Issue 2.   

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Gout."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Gout."

MedlinePlus: "Allopurinol."

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. "Stepwise dose increase of febuxostat is comparable with colchicine prophylaxis for the prevention of gout flares during the initial phase of urate-lowering therapy: results from FORTUNE-1, a prospective, multicentre randomised study." Vol. 77, Issue 2.   

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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