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Gout is a disease that occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood. It is actually a type of arthritis, and one of the most painful ones at that. Gout accounts for approximately 5 percent of all cases of arthritis.
Not surprisingly, symptoms of gout and arthritis often overlap. For example, a person with gout will typically have the following joint problems:
- Swelling or heat.
Gout symptoms often come on suddenly, and they often occur in the joint of the big toe. Such attacks often occur at night and can be triggered by things like:
- Certain foods.
At least half of those who have a gout attack will have another one. Over time, these attacks can last longer, occur more frequently, and be more destructive to joints and other tissue unless the problem is treated.
Diet can play a role in causing a gout attack, because foods high in purines (such as organ meats, gravy, and anchovies) will increase the amount of uric acid the body makes. Therefore, people with this condition are often advised to eat a low-purine diet.