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    What is gout?

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  • Dr Irwin Lim

    Rheumatologist

    Irwin completed his Rheumatology training in 2003. The majority of his time is spent treating inflammatory arthritis and in particular rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthritis. … View Profile

    Gout is a very common inflammatory arthritis. It's the result of having too much uric acid in our body, a condition called hyperuricaemia.Eventually, the uric acid crystals precipitate out of the blood and into the joints. Most of the time these crystals rest quietly in the joints. However, when triggered, these crystals can induce a severe inflammatory reaction which gives the typical attack of gout.

    Sufferers obtain describe a severe painful joint swelling with heat and redness. The usual initial site affected is the big toe but others joints can be involved in time.
    Gout can be a very destructive disease if not treated early and properly. 

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