Gout is commonly associated with obesity and the over-indulgence of foods and alcohol. Indeed, gout was common in Europe between the 17th and 19th centuries where it affected primarily royalty and the wealthy, and the affliction of gout was often the subject of satire.
Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis–and arguably, the most painful. Gout flare-ups are typically accompanied by severe pain. The affected joint (often the big toe) is also often red, swollen, hot, and excruciatingly tender to touch.
More than 9.2 million adults in the United States live with the diagnosis of gout (also known as gouty arthritis), and its basic cause is having a high level of uric acid in the blood.
However, this condition can be treated and managed, returning normal uric acid levels to normal.
Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis. Gouty arthritis affects more than 9.2 million Americans, with incidence on the rise. This blog post is intended to increase your knowledge of gout flares, as well as provide guidance for avoiding recurrent gout attacks and, ultimately, the development of chronic gout.