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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Arthritis/Uric Acid: Gout is an inborn error of metabolism where uric acid (product of breakdown of proteins) is either over produced or under excreted by the body. When the level is high enough, the uric acid precipitates out of the body fluids and forms crystals of ua . This ususally occurs in the joints and is like ground glass in a joint. The body reacts, swells, hurts and miserable. There is treatment.
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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Very well stated!
Oct 4, 2012
Dr. Arthur Bobrove
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Gouty arthritis: A painful form of acute arthritis resulting from a build up of uric acid in and around the joints. It resolves, if untreated , in a matter of days but is likely to recur unless the body's uric acid is lowered. Medications, diet, and alcohol contribute to uric acid buildup. Fortunately it is readily treatable.
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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Uric acid arthritis: Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals. Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.
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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Uric acid arthritis: Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals. Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.
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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 56 years experience
Urate crystals: People with gout have elevated uric acid in the blood. When the level of uric acid is too high, it forms monosodium urate crystals that precepitate in the joints. The body trys to eliminate these urate crystal and this causes inflammation and the gout attack. Urate crystals occur in the joint but because of physiology in the urinary track it causes uric acid crystals in the urine.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Crystals in joints: Gout is a condition where the waste product, uric acid, builds up in the blood causing the formation of uric acid crystals in the joints. Most commonly, this occurs in the big toe or in the foot/heel areas. Foods (seafood, beer, etc.) can also raise uric acid levels initiating a gout flare. Treatment is aimed at reducing the uric acid level and/or reducing joint inflammation.
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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Uric acid arthritis: Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals. Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.
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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Inflammation: Gout is inflammation/arthritis of a joint from depostion of uric acid crystals.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Deposition of uric: Acid in tissue. Gout is usually due to excessive production of uric acid that then deposits as crystals in various tissues, mostly in joints, skin and kidneys. It causes painful arthritis. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001459/.
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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Systemic Disease: Involving purine metabolism. Blood test is needed to check uric acid levels.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
A monoarticular: Arthropathy = or a type of arthritis that usually attacks one joint. It occurs when there is an elevation of uric acid.
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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
An acute arthritis: Gout is a form of acute inflammatory arthritis caused by uric acid buildup. The hallmarks of inflammation- pain, redness, swelling, heat that come on abruptly are consistent with a gout attack. See a podiatrist to diagnose this. X-rays may be taken, and labs ordered to make the diagnosis.
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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Gout: This is a crystalline deposition disease which is diagnosed with negative birefringent needle like crystals seen with polarized light. Serum uric acid levels may or may not be elevated. It affects many joints, includes swelling, pain, sensitivity, and erythema. Usually treat with uricosurics like Allopurinol maintenance or Colchicine for acute flares.
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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Gout: Is a disease caused by the over production or under excretion of uric acid the uric acid forms crystals in blood that can be deposited in a joint. The cooler the location( farther from heart: such as feet) , the more likely this may occur in a joint there. Can be treated and controlled with medication and diet.
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Dr. Alan Wittenberg
Podiatry 54 years experience
A total body disease: Gout, like diabetes, affects the entire body. It is an error in the metabolism of a substance called purines. The body cannot break this down enough to be expelled from the body. Purines stay in the body in the form of uric acid. When this getsto a high enough level, it forms crystals which get deposited in the joints-- usually one joint at a time, this can be controlled by medication.
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 40 years experience
Crystals uric acid: Gout is a condition caused by elevated uric acid in the blood. When the level gets high enough the uric acid can form crystals that inflame a joint causing it to be pain, swollen and hot. Typically in the great toe but can occur in the ankle, knee or elbow to name a few of the common joints. Elevated uric acid is caused by overproduction and decreased excretion. Internist and rheumatologist most hel.
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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Crystals in joint: Uric acid can get in a joint , often the first joint of the big toe and cause pain, redness & swelling.Your dr has quick relief.
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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Uric acid gout : Gout is recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis .Mp joint at big toe is the most affected .50% of cases. It can present as tophi, kidney stones, or urate nephropathy. It is due to elevated uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes and deposits in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues causing inflammation
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Inflamm arthritis: It is a medical condition usually characterized by recurrent attacks of acute inflammatory arthritis due to high levels of uric acid in the blood.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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It is really due to the presence of urate crystals in the joint. About 8% of gout patient will have a normal uric acid at the time of the attack.
May 8, 2013
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: Gout is an acute arthritis caused by irate crystals in a joint. It can also present with kidney stones.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Gout: A very painful condition that is usually found in the big toe joint which has an abundance of uric acid crytals. Used to b called the rich mans disease due to the noble diet. Treated by strong antiinflamatory drugs then drugs to control the production of the uric acid crystals.
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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 26 years experience
Gout can occur in many other joints like the ankle, knee, fingers, wrist, and elbow. It's very unusual in the shoulders and hips. Rarely gout deposits in the spine.
Jun 26, 2014
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: Gout is an acute inflammatory arthritis due to the present of uric acid crystals in the joint. It may also be defined as having uric acid kidney stones.
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Dr. Jonathan Hausmann
Rheumatology 14 years experience
Uric acid in a joint: Gout is a chronic disease caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. This deposition causes acute episodes of joint swelling, redness, and pain, which can last for several days before it resolves on its own. Gout usually affects the great toe, but if left untreated, can affect other joints in the body.
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Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 38 years experience
Arthritis caused ...: by the over accumulation of uric acid. Gout can cause acute attacks with severe pain, redness, and swelling (for men, especially common in the foot). If left untreated, it can cause chronic arthritis involving multiple joints.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
High uric acid: levls causing the uric acid to come out of the blood steam and crystalizes in spots that are in extremities. 75% of the time the first MPJ joint. Can also occur other spots like pinna of the ear.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Gout.: Gout comes from a problem with the body's handling of uric acid, leading to uric acid crystals accumulating in the fluid within joints. The body's inflammatory response to these crystals results in episodes of severe pain in the joints involved. Usually starts with a first episode at the base of the big toe; subsequent bouts can occur in other joints.
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Dr. Darragh O'Carroll
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
A Type of Arthritis: Gout causes attacks of painful inflammation in one or more joints. It is a type of arthritis . The pain of a gout attack can be severe. Gout is caused by a chemical in the blood called uric acid that deposits in joints. Classically it will start in the great toe, but is also common in ankle and knees. Luckily, non narcotic pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and indomethacin are very effective.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Gout.: Gout comes from a problem with the body's handling of uric acid, leading to uric acid crystals accumulating in the fluid within joints. The body's inflammatory response to these crystals results in episodes of severe pain in the joints involved. Usually starts with a first episode at the base of the big toe; subsequent bouts can occur in other joints.
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Dr. Parthiban Munnainathan
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Gout: Hi, Thank you for your question. Pain and inflammation occur when too much uric acid crystallizes and deposits in the joints. Symptoms of gout include severe pain, redness, and swelling in joints, often the big toe. Attacks can come suddenly, often at night. During an acute attack, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain and shorten the length of the attack. Dr. M
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Dr. Emran Rouf
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Gout basics : It is an inflammation of joints where monosodium urate crystals get deposited in affected joints, ultimately causing acute joint pain with intermittent flare-up and can causechronic joint deformity over time. Many patients have high Uric acid level in blood. Obesity, alcohol, and certain food items that are rich in purines can trigger gout. Toes, ankles, knees are commonly affected
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Gout: Gout causes attacks of pain and swelling in one or more joints. An anti-inflammatory painkiller usually eases an attack quickly. Lifestyle factors may reduce the risk of having gout attacks. These include losing weight (if overweight), eating a healthy diet and not drinking much alcohol or sugar-sweetened soft drinks. If gout attacks come back then taking certain medicines such as allopurinol each
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Acute Arthritis: Gout is a common painful form of arthritis (joint swelling or inflammation). It causes sudden bouts of severe joint pain and swelling, especially in your toes, knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. If left untreated, gout can cause serious damage to joints, kidneys and your quality of life. http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/g/gout/ Check out
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Gout: Formation of urate crystals in the joints causes pain in the joints . This is called gout.
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Form of arthritis: Gout is a form of arthritis causing inflammation (swelling and pain) of the joints and can cause whitish lumps on the ears and elsewhere called tophi. It comes and goes, particularly in the toes. It is caused by a build up of uric acid which come from the diet. Kai moana in particular can be a problem but also beer and peas and other food. See http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/g/gout/
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
See details: Gout is arthritis or kidney stone caused by uric acid crystals. The arthritis causes intense pain and swelling often involving the base of the big toe.
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Dr. Jonathan Hausmann
Rheumatology 14 years experience
Uric acid in a joint: Gout is a chronic disease caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. This deposition causes acute episodes of joint swelling, redness, and pain, which can last for several days before it resolves on its own. Gout usually affects the great toe, but if left untreated, can affect other joints in the body.
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Uric acid stones are also considered manifestations of gout.
Aug 3, 2014
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Gout treatment: There are medications to treat acute attacks of gout and medicines to keep it under long term control. Also, there are certain foods (red meat, shellfish, organ meats, nuts/seeds) and alcohol can cause attacks.
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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
See a doctor: You need to see a doctor who can prescribe proper medication to relieve the symptoms and reoccurance of the gout.
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Dr. Michael Benjamin
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Flare or chronic?: Flares can be managed with Colchicine and anti-inflammatory medicines. Reducing uric acid turnover with medications like Allopurinol is good for long-term control. A low-purine diet is also advisable. My site has more information on diets for diseases: http://whatsthedose.Com/diets.Html.
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Dr. Joseph Rosin
Internal Medicine 49 years experience
Uric acid deposits: Briefly: gout is a specific condition related to the presence of uric acid crystals in joints and other locations. In the joints it is usually acutely painful, red and swollen . It can also can occur in the form of tophi which appear as lumps in the skin. Uric acid deposits can cause kidney stones. Usually the condition is from and overproduction or reduced excretion of uric acid.
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Uric acid: Gout is over accumulation of uric acid in the body. A gouty arthritis attack is one of the most severe joint pains possible. Other symptoms of gout can be kidney stones (also painful) or chalky deposits in the skin. Gout can cause joint deformity. Gout is a very treatable disease with dietary changes and medications.
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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
A lot: Antiinflammatory medication will such as Ibuprofen or alleve will often relieve or improve pain. See a physician. A cortisone injection can also be performed by doc. Gout is a systemic condition where you are either over producing or underexcreting uric acid. Your physician will do blood, urine as well as other tests.You may need permanent medication.You need to stay away from foods that can cause.
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: This depends whether you have an acute case or not. If not acute, talk to your doctor about certain chronic medications like Allopurinol & diet modifications as well as adequate hydration. For acute attacks there are several medications like Colchicine and Indomethacin or steroids.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Have it treated: Watch your diet, have uric acid brought to 6.0 or below. For an acute attack, hot water soaks, oral antiinflammatory pills, and if pain severe a local nerve block or steroid infiltration can help.
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Dr. Clark Pillsbury
Podiatry 35 years experience
Eat wisely: Avoid red meat, red wine, beer, shell food, sea food, organ food. High blood pressure medicine can cause gout. Work with your medical doctor. Allopurinol may help control the uric acid level.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
See a doctor: So they can treat you. Uric acid levels need to be controlled. If there is an acute attack these are painful and treatment can be initiated.
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Dr. Todd Schafer
Podiatry 34 years experience
Also, you need to pay attention to your alcohol, and red meat consumption. It was often considered to be a "disease of kings" because of all the rich food they ate.
Sep 14, 2012
Dr. Stratos Christianakis
Rheumatology 19 years experience
Many Options: My advice is to see a rheumatologist for a full consultation on options. First thing is to cut out alcohol and red meat, and avoid triggering factors (diuretics).
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Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 21 years experience
Medication: Despite the common advice about diet restrictions, most gout sufferers cannot control the disease with diet alone. Several medications are available, which usually work very well.
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Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 38 years experience
Very true, although avoiding excess alcohol, and medications that cause high uric acid (especially "water pills") is important.
Jan 7, 2013
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 21 years experience
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Agreed!
Jan 9, 2013
Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Water: Increase your fluid intake, rest the joint, avoid purine-high foods and alcohol, especially beer. If you have any meds from a previous flare-up, take them. If you don't have any left you can use otc Naproxen (1, 500mg per day maximum). ..And get to your doctor as soon as possible!
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