Gout is a type of arthritis that is most common among men. It is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood that may lead to the formation of hard crystals in the joints.

Possible causes of gout may include:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Diet
  • Hemolytic Anemia
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Immune Suppressants
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Medications Such as Aspirin or Niacin, Diuretics, Chemotherapy
  • Moderate to Heavy Alcohol Ingestion, Particularly Beer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Obesity
  • Psoriasis
  • Surgery
  • Tumors

Possible symptoms of gout may include:

  • Extreme Pain During the Night (Light Pressure From a Sheet is Intolerable)
  • Fever
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Joint Swelling
  • Limited Movement of Affected Joints
  • Peeling Itching Skin
  • Redness and Sharp Pain in the Big Toe, Ankles, or Knees
  • Sudden Burning Joint Pain
  • Swelling of the Big Toe

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