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What Is Arthritis Gout Again?

Arthritis Gout is the most severe form of rheumatic arthritis one can experience during aging. It is characterised by tiny crystal-like formations in the joints. Most commonly, the big toe and knees are affected. These crystal formations can be caused by high levels of uric acid. This condition is known for its common symptoms, which include redness, heat and stiffness. Gout is thought to be responsible for approximately five percent of all arthritis cases. Gout usually starts in the big toe. However, it can spread to other parts of the body if it isn’t treated properly.

Stages and Types

Gout can occur in many stages and types. There are two main types of arthritis gout. Primary hyperuricemia is the first. The excess buildup in uric acid can be caused by hereditary kidney abnormalities. If the kidneys don’t function properly, the body can’t rid itself of uric acid. This is what causes gout in the joints. Secondary hyperuricemia is the second type of arthritis gout. This form of gout is most common. This type of gout is usually caused by an external factor such as medication reactions, alcohol intake, or diet.

Gout is usually caused by foods high in purines. As we know, uric acid is formed when purines are broken down. Excessive intake of these foods can lead to more uric acid being produced than the kidneys can remove. Asymptomatic hyperuricemia is the first stage of gout. This stage is when a person’s levels of uric acid will be elevated but they will not experience any other symptoms. This stage is not usually treated, but there is the possibility of developing a gout attack. The next stage is acute gout. Gouty arthritis is another name for it. This is the stage most people associate with gout. At this point, the uric acid crystals have formed about the joint. This is when you feel the redness, pain, swelling and redness.

Gout Attacks

These attacks can last for up to two weeks before subsiding. They will often go away on their merits without any treatment, but they will eventually return. There is a possibility that they will get worse each time they return. Chronic tophaceous arthritis gout, the most severe form of arthritis gout, is the most severe. This condition typically develops after about ten consecutive attacks. The affected joints may be permanently damaged by this point. This stage can even cause damage to the kidneys. This stage is usually only for those who have not treated their gout for many years.