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Arthritis occurs when there are joint problems, causing pain to the patient. Gout, a type of arthritis, occurs when small crystals form in and around the joints. These can grow when a waste product, called uric acid, accumulates in the body and causes the pain to intensify. Being overweight, diabetes and hypertension increase the risk of developing gout. These four symptoms could be a sign of gout, according to the NHS. Sudden attack of severe pain The national health provider says that this is the "main symptom" of the condition. It can be described as "a sudden attack of severe pain in one or more joints, especially in the big toe". These attacks are more likely to occur at night, develop quickly in a few hours and last between three and ten days. Sensitive joints If you have a joint that feels "hot" or "very sensitive," this could also be a sign of gout. The NHS says the sensation could be "to the point of being unable to bear anything that touches it." Swelling in the joints You should also be careful with an expansion / extension of your joint, which could indicate the condition. Changes in the skin Your skin may "peel", "itch" and "flaky" if it has gout. It can also become "red and bright" on the affected joint. These symptoms can affect any part of the body, but they can be more frequent in the big toe, middle foot, ankles, knees, fingers, wrists and elbows. "Intense pain can make it difficult to move," the NHS continued. "Even the light pressure of a quilt or blanket can be unbearable." "If the drop is not treated, it is likely to affect more joints over time." The Arthritis Foundation says that the first symptom of gout is often "unbearable pain." . "Gout usually affects one joint at a time, but if left untreated, it can affect many joints." The joint pain that used to resolve in a week to 10 days could become a milder but constant pain, "added the American organization. .
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