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What are the common signs of a gout attack?

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The most common signs of a gout attack are:

  • Sudden and severe pain in a joint, usually in the middle of the night or early morning
  • Tenderness in the joint. It can also be warm to the touch and look red or purple
  • Stiffness in the joint

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health: “What Is Gout?”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Symptoms,” “Gout Treatment”

Cleveland Clinic: “Gout.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health: “What Is Gout?”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Symptoms,” “Gout Treatment”

Cleveland Clinic: “Gout.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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