Gout

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Gout is a type of arthritis that affects one or more joints, making them swell up. It’s caused by too much uric acid in your blood.

A gout attack can be very sudden and painful. It can affect the hands, wrists, elbows, knees, and feet, but is most common in the big toe.

In the UK, about 1 in 40 people have gout, and it is more common in men than women.

You can easily test for gout at home, and can get a test kit and treatment online from Zava.


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Key facts about gout

  • Gout mostly affects the big-toe joint
  • It’s more common in men than women
  • 1 in 40 people in the UK have gout
  • Children do not usually get gout

How to test for gout

  • You should test for gout if you’ve had sudden severe pain, redness, and swelling in any of your joints, lasting up to 10 days
  • The best time to test for gout is at least 4 weeks after you’ve had symptoms, to get accurate results
  • You can test for gout using our home blood-test kit, or by booking an appointment with your GP
  • If you’re having symptoms right now, for the first time, it’s best to see a GP about it in person, so they can make sure it’s not a more serious condition that is causing the joint to swell

How to treat gout

  • Medicines like ibuprofen, colchicine, and steroids are used to treat gout
  • You can reduce the pain in your joints by raising the affected leg and using ice packs to cool the joint down
  • Lifestyle changes like exercise, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding certain food and drinks, can help prevent future gout attacks
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Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with Zava. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Last reviewed: 13 Sep 2019



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