Gout Symptoms

  • Sustained high levels of uric acid in the blood is a common gout symptom (also see causes of gout).
  • Presence of uric acid crystals in joint fluid (see diagnosis of gout).
  • Deposits of uric acid crystals around joints and other areas such as the ears.
  • Only one or two joints are affected (initially).
  • Common affected areas include the feet, ankles and the ball of the big toe.
  • Tenderness around an affected joint.
  • The skin around an affected joint is red, shiny and painful to touch - a common gout symptom (see gout pictures).
  • Moving the affected limb/s becomes painful.
  • Chronic gout can lead to decreased kidney function and kidney stones.

"The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord that it ain't gout."

Josh Billings (1815-1885)

Signs of a gout attack

  • A rapid onset usually between 12-24 hours and often occurring overnight whilst an individual is resting.
  • Fever or chills developing.
  • A fast subsidence. Gout attacks normally subside within hours or days.

Conditions which can precede a gout attack

  • Dehydration.
  • Injury to a joint.
  • Fever.
  • Excessive eating - certain foods can increase uric acid levels (see causes of gout).
  • Heavy Alcohol Intake.
  • Recent Surgery.
  • Stress