The symptoms of gout usually come on suddenly and severely. A gout attack usually affects only one joint, most commonly, the joint of the big toe. However, the attack may involve more than one joint. Symptoms frequently develop overnight and worsen over the next 24 to 48
hours. Other affected joints can include the knees, ankles, feet, wrists, hands, fingers, and elbows.
Gout of the Big Toe
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Symptoms in the joint affected usually include: Severe painExtreme tendernessSwellingRednessWarmth
Other symptoms may include: FeverChillsOverall sick feeling
Some people will only suffer one gout attack. Most people with gout, however, will suffer
recurrences, especially if the condition is left untreated.
Possible complications of gout include:
Build up of uric acid deposits called tophi:
Hard lumps under the skin near or around jointsHard lumps at the rim of the earOther parts of the body may be affected such as fingertips, cornea of eye, aorta, spine, or around brainPermanent damage to affected jointsCarpal tunnel syndrome
, a painful condition of the wrists
, if uric acid builds up in the kidneys
Last reviewed June 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
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