9 Surprising Foods That Cause Gout

go1 Gout is a form of very painful arthritis, caused by uric acid crystal buildup in joints. The inflammation comes on suddenly and usually affects the big toe, though it can also swell up whole feet, ankles, knees, and hands. Uric acid is a natural byproduct of the breakdown of purines, a certain kind of protein, mainly found in animals. Gout mostly affects men, obese people, people taking diuretic medications, those genetically disposed to gout, and people with chronically diseased kidneys. Besides searing pain, symptoms of a gout flare include heat, swelling, and redness around the joint, as well as the appearance of nodules under the skin, called tophi. Gout is treated with medicines that reduce uric acid levels in the body; if gout goes untreated, it cause irreparable joint and kidney damage. Flares can last for days, or months; what the patient eats plays a large part in bringing on an attack. To avoid triggering gout, stay away from the following foods. Click on the next button below to see the first one. next2

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