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What is gout?

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Gout is arthritis that happens when you have too much uric acid in your blood and it forms sharp crystals in one of your joints. Your big toe is the most common place for it to happen. Flare-ups can last up to 10 days. The first 36 hours are the most painful. It usually affects only one joint at a time, but if it’s not treated, you might end up with it in your knee, ankle, foot, hand, wrist, or elbow.

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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