Gout – The 10 Most Common Symptoms

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Gout is a symptom of arthritis that carries many of it’s own health complications. Gout is more frequent in males, but it is possible for females to contract the condition. This condition occurs due to uric acid crystallizing. Gout attacks are sudden, sharp and painful. The bouts of pain will increase in frequency and intensity over time, if left untreated. Many further conditions can also arise including tissue and tendon damage. Joint pain is a common counterpart to gout. High levels of uric acid are most often the cause of gout. The severe pain results of the excessive buildup of uric acid. This is caused by dietary conditions, hereditary disposition a other underlying medical causes. An imbalanced diet often causes gout, which is also corrected by dietary means. Here are the ten most frequent signs of gout, giving you a much needed early warning.

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1. Reddening of the Skin

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Discoloration of the skin surrounding your joints is often a clear sign of gout, due to the formation of uric crystals under the skin. The skin will turn red to purple shades when gout has set in. This is due to a crystallization of uric acid within the joint, causing stagnation of the blood in the area. The skin often begins to turn shiny, or adversely dry and scaly. Rash sometimes forms, treatable with steroidal topical creams. Binge drinking,  sudden high-protein intake and dehydration can all trigger the onset of gout. The reddening of the skin at times happens well before the attack of pain begins. The skin is also left discolored for a long period of time after the attack.

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