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What's Going Around: Gout

November 28, 2011

It's a illness that causes achy and painful joints and it typically affects people with high blood pressure.

In this week's what's going around we're focusing on gout. Dr. Kathy Phan of Greene Family Medicine says she's treating several patients for gout this week.

Symptoms include severe redness, pain and swelling at the joint. Gout generally involves a single joint like the great toe and knee. Gout attacks can occur suddenly and be recurrent; the pain typically lasts from 3-4 days up to several weeks.

Gout is caused by urate crystals depositing into a joint. The typical gout patient is a 30 to 60-year-old obese male with high blood pressure.

When it comes to treatment, Dr. Phan suggests anti-inflammatory medicine. She says the best way to prevent the painful condition is with prophylactic or preventative medications, decreasing alcohol consumption, regular exercise and dietary modifications like decreasing red meat.

It's also important to point out that some blood pressure medications can cause gout.

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