Here are common symptoms to look out for along with where and when they typically appear.
- intense or sharp pain
- skin that is hot to the touch
In many cases, gout
Severe cases may also include bulging or deformed joints. Your doctor will be able to
Gout is a chronic condition, but it’s not always consistent. Flare-ups can last for days to weeks, but you can also have weeks or even years without a flare-up.
- other toe joints
Gout triggers and risk factors
Gout symptoms and flare-ups can be managed. First, it’s important to identify
- being assigned male at birth
- heart failure
- high blood pressure
- kidney disease
- diuretic medications
- sugary foods and drinks
- purine-rich foods like red meat, organ meats, and some seafoods
Once you’ve identified what triggers your gout and any risk factors that you have, you can work with your doctor to create a plan that helps you avoid triggers and manage any medical conditions that affect your condition.
Finding relief from gout flare-ups
Changing your diet to avoid triggering foods and drinks, reducing excess weight, and adding other healthful strategies can help you prevent gout flare-ups. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, and a prescription anti-inflammatory called colchicine may all be used during flare-ups to help reduce pain and inflammation.