Gout is a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. Gout can result in sudden and severe pain in your joints (normally the big toe, fingers, wrists, elbows or knees. It can present with red, hot and swollen skin across the joint that has been affected.
You may associate Gout with Henry VIII, let’s face it, most of us do but it actually is a common form of arthritis. It causes sudden and severe pain in your joints and usually starts in the big toe. Other joints can be affected, the ankle, knee and foot may all be affected.
Men are 3 times more likely to develop gout than women.
How is Gout Diagnosed?
If you think you have gout you need to see a GP. You will have a physical examination and blood tests to establish an accurate diagnosis.
There are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of gout such as:
- Apply Ice and elevate the joint that has been affected
- Drink plenty of liquid but no alcohol or sweet fizzy drinks
- Reduce your stress levels where possible
Most importantly you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.