What are the Signs and Symptoms of Gout?

Q:
What are the signs and symptoms of gout?

A:
Gout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints, often the joint at the base of the big toe.

The signs and symptoms of gout almost always occur suddenly, and often at night. They include:

  • Intense joint pain. Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe, the ankles, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. The pain is likely to be most severe within the first four to 12 hours after it begins.
  • Lingering discomfort. Some joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks after the most severe pain subsides.
  • Inflammation and redness. The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender, warm and red.
  • Limited range of motion. As gout progresses, you may not be able to move your joints normally.

If you experience sudden, intense pain in a joint, call your doctor as soon as possible.

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