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Learn how to recognize the symptoms of gout with this Howcast video about foot care.
Gout is typically characterized by a sudden onset of acute pain, redness, and swelling. Usually occurs in the joint of the big toe. There is usually no history of injury in an area. One goes to bed, and the attack occurs while you are sleeping, or you first notice it when you get out of bed in the morning. Patients describe the pain as so intense that only the sheets just touching it can cause unbearable pain.
So what is it? How does it happen? Our bodies usually produce uric acid when we break the purines. It is normal. Sometimes, however, we make too much uric acid, either by overproduction or by excretion. Purines are normal in our body. Purines can also occur in some foods. If we have too many purines, our bodies can not handle the amount of uric acid it produces. Uric acid is then converted to urate crystals. Urate crystals are small needle crystals that deposit in the joint.
It usually occurs on your first attack on your big toe joint. In subsequent attacks, it can occur in any joint.
Gout is a serious illness, but the good news is that, through modification of diet and medications, it can be well controlled.
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