What is Gout?

Arthritis is characterized by inflammation, typically gout, and affects one joint at a time, most commonly the big toe. However, it can also occur in the ankles, knees, wrists, and hands. The most common symptoms of gout are sudden and intense pain, swelling, and inflammation.

Symptoms of Gout

Symptoms of the pain usually begin at night while you are asleep and worsen for several hours. Signs of the pain may include:


  • The joint may be susceptible to the touch, swollen, and reddened.

  • The skin around the joint may appear shiny and be painful when walking or moving.

  • You may also experience a mild fever and overall malaise.

How to Diagnose Gout

In case of sudden and intense joint pain, especially if accompanied by a fever, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately. This is especially true if the affected joint is one of the big toe, knees, elbows, fingers, or wrists. If the pain is severe, it is recommended to call 111 or see a doctor urgently, as this could be a sign of infection.


Talking to a doctor online about your gout symptoms and allowing them to look at the affected area can give them the most up-to-date information they need to make an accurate diagnosis. Be sure to provide as much information as possible about your symptoms and the affected area so your doctor can give you the best care.


Your doctor may inquire about your habits and dietary habits, past medical issues, and whether gout has been experienced before or is hereditary.


Increasing levels of uric acid in the bloodstream causes joints to form crystals. This causes inflammation and swelling, resulting in significant pain and discomfort for the sufferer.


Gout is more likely to affect certain people, and certain things can increase the risk of an attack. For more information on what can cause gout, please read more.


Medication can be taken to reduce the initial pain, and lifestyle to treat gout, and dietary modifications can be implemented to minimize the chances of it recurring. Additionally, long-term medication may be necessary.


To aid in recovering from a physical attack, it is essential to rest, cool down the affected area with ice, and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.


Medication used to help relieve the initial pain of a gout attack can include:

  • Colchicine

  • NSAIDs

  • Steroids


Our doctors must thoroughly understand your symptoms and how you respond to treatments to provide the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Providing as much information as possible before starting any treatment is essential.


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