What is gout?
Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. Attacks usually come on very quickly, and this sudden onset of symptoms is known as an acute attack. Read more
What are the symptoms of gout?
Symptoms of gout include intense and rapidly developing pain in the affected joint (often your big toe), hot and swollen joints that feel very tender to the touch, and shiny and often red skin. Read more
What causes gout?
Gout occurs when your body can’t flush out excess uric acid or urate, which is produced by the body's own cells and the breakdown of food. When urate builds up, it can form crystals which can trigger sudden painful inflammation in the joint lining. Read more
Who gets gout?
Gout affects 2.5 per cent of adults in the UK. It's more common in men, although women can also be affected. Read more
What is the outlook for gout?
With treatment, which may include lifestyle changes, your urate levels should gradually reduce and any crystals should dissolve, reducing the risk of further acute attacks and joint damage. Read more
How is gout diagnosed?
A diagnosis of gout is often based on your symptoms and an examination of your joints, but your doctor may suggest some tests. Read more
What treatments are there for gout?
There are two main aspects to the treatment of gout: treating the acute attack of inflammation, and ongoing treatment to get rid of urate crystals and reduce the level of urate in the blood. Read more
Self-help and daily living for gout
Losing weight if you’re overweight and eating less purine-rich foods are just a couple of methods that can help to reduce the symptoms of gout. Read more
Research and new developments for gout
A preliminary study funded by Arthritis Research UK has found that people with gout could benefit greatly from treatment including urate-lowering drugs, together with dietary and weight loss advice. Read more