Symptoms of Gout
There are two types of gout symptoms. Acute symptoms come on suddenly
and occur for a relatively short period of time. Chronic symptoms are the
result of repeated gout attacks over a long period.
Acute Gout Symptoms
redness, and swelling are the chief symptoms of a gout attack. These often come on at night
and wake the sufferer from sleep. Even a light touch to the joint can be
excruciating and it can be difficult to move or bend. These symptoms typically
occur in only one joint at a time, most commonly in the big toe. The joints of the feet, hands, knees, wrists,
and ankles are frequently affected as well. Symptoms come
on suddenly and are most severe for 12 to 24 hours, but they may last as long
as 10 days.
Chronic Gout Symptoms
The pain and inflammation associated with gout attacks typically
disappear completely between attacks. However, repeated attacks of acute gout
can cause more permanent damage.
Nodules Under the Skin
gout can cause deposits of urate crystals under the skin (tophi). These feel
like hard nodules and they become painful and inflamed during gout attacks. As
tophi build up in joints, they can cause deformities and chronic pain, limit mobility, and eventually can destroy
the joints entirely. The tophi may also partially erode through the skin and
ooze with pus.
crystals can also build up in the kidneys. This can cause kidney stones and
eventually affect the kidney’s ability to
filter waste products out of the body.