Symptoms

Gout

  • Sudden Joint Pain: 

Typically starting in the big toe, gout pain can be intense, often described as excruciating and throbbing.

  • Swelling and Redness: 

Affected joints may become swollen, tender, and visibly red due to inflammation.

  • Limited Mobility: 

Inflammation can restrict movement in the affected joint, making walking or even touching the area painful.

  • Warmth to the Touch: 

The affected joint may feel warm to the touch due to increased blood flow and inflammation.

  • Recurrent Attacks: 

Gout often manifests in intermittent attacks, with symptoms subsiding between episodes.

  • Tophi Formation: 

In advanced cases, chalky deposits of urate crystals, known as tophi, may develop under the skin, causing lumps or nodules.

  • Fever and Chills: 

During acute attacks, individuals may experience fever and chills alongside joint symptoms.

  • Fatigue: 

Gout attacks can be physically draining, leading to feelings of fatigue and lethargy.

  • Increased Sensitivity: 

Even light pressure on the affected joint can trigger intense pain during an attack.

  • Risk Factors: 

Certain factors such as diet high in purines, obesity, genetics, and certain medications can increase the risk of developing gout.

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