Information on Gout
A medical condition affecting approximately 840 out of every 100,000 people, gout is a disease that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood. One of the most painful forms of arthritis, gout often causes symptoms such as:
- A sudden onset of intense joint pain
- Stiffness in the joint
- Redness and heat at the joint.
Gout is uncommon in children and young adults. Adult men (especially between the ages of 40 and 50) are more likely to develop it than women, who rarely develop the disorder before menopause. Organ transplant recipients are also more at risk for developing gout.
Although no cure exists, the condition can be controlled with medicines and certain lifestyle changes.