Health Tip: Understanding Gout

By on March 22, 2010

Gout occurs when too much uric acid builds up inside the body. Though it’s not understood what triggers gout, people with diabetes, kidney disease and the obese are at a greater risk, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Here is the agency’s list of possible gout symptoms:

  • Sudden swelling of one or several joints — often in the knee, ankle or big toe.
  • Pain that strikes at night and can be severe, throb, or feel like the joint is being crushed.
  • Heat and redness in the joint, along with extreme tenderness.
  • A fever that accompanies joint pain.

Source: HealthDay

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