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How do you get swollen joints from gout?

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Gout usually strikes suddenly, with severe joint pain, swelling, warmth, and redness, often in the big toe. Gout causes a painful, swollen joint that's so severe that the weight of bed sheets can cause distress. It usually involves one joint when it strikes, but occasionally gout can affect more than one joint.

With gout, uric acid -- a normal chemical in the body -- forms crystals that deposit in the joints, causing inflammation and pain. The crystals may also deposit in other areas to become nodules under the skin or stones in the kidney.

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration." MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia: "Swollen Joints" and "Shoulder Injuries and Disorders." Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis;" "Rheumatoid Arthritis;" "Gout;" "Ankylosing Spondylitis;" "Psoriatic Arthritis;" and "Systemic Lupus Erythematotus." The Merck Manual of Medical Information: "Infectious Arthritis." McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Marlowe, 2007. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2003; National Psoriasis Foundation. Diet for a Pain Free LifePain-Free Arthritis,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration." MedlinePlus: Medical Encyclopedia: "Swollen Joints" and "Shoulder Injuries and Disorders." Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis;" "Rheumatoid Arthritis;" "Gout;" "Ankylosing Spondylitis;" "Psoriatic Arthritis;" and "Systemic Lupus Erythematotus." The Merck Manual of Medical Information: "Infectious Arthritis." McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. , Marlowe, 2007. McIlwain H. and Bruce, D. Holt, 2003; National Psoriasis Foundation. Diet for a Pain Free LifePain-Free Arthritis,

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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