Important Information on Gout
What Are the Causes?This condition is caused when the levels of uric acid become so high that sharp crystals form inside the joint. These urate crystals cause inflammation. This combination of urate crystals in the joint and inflammation results in the signs and symptoms of this illness.
While there is no one specific cause, a number of factors increase a person's chances of developing it.
- Sudden onset of intense joint pain
- Swelling in the joints
- Extreme tenderness in the joint area
- Redness and heat at the joint
- Stiffness in the joint.
(Click Gout Symptoms for more information.)
How Is It Diagnosed?This condition may be difficult for healthcare providers to diagnose, because the symptoms may be vague, and they often mimic other conditions. Therefore, in order to make a definitive diagnosis, the healthcare provider will ask a number of questions; perform a physical exam, looking for signs and symptoms of gout; and recommend certain tests and procedures.
(Click Gout Diagnosis to learn more, including conditions that may share similar symptoms.)