What Are the Causes of Gout?

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Gout is a form of arthritis that causes pain and swelling in the joints, especially the big toes. It can affect anyone, although some people are more likely to experience it than others. The onset of this condition is often sudden and painful. Because of this, finding out that you have gout can be a frightening experience if you weren't already aware of the condition and how it works.

While gout is uncomfortable and inconvenient, it’s also manageable. By avoiding situations that cause gout or make it worse, you lessen the pain, and by treating the underlying source, you can keep gout from acting up.