Gouty Arthritis

Pain and inflammation occur when too much uric acid crystallises and deposits in the joints. Symptoms of gout include severe pain, redness and swelling in joints, often the big toe. Attacks can come suddenly, often at night. During an acute attack, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain and shorten the duration of the attack. Patients with chronic gout can use behavioral modification such as diet, exercise and decreased intake of alcohol to help minimize the frequency of attacks. Additionally, patients with chronic gout are often put on medications to reduce uric acid levels.


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