The 4 stages of Gout

The 4 stages of Gout

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#1 Dec 13, 2010
1. Asymptomatic stage – urate levels rise in the blood, but there are no symptoms yet
2. Acute stage - Sudden attack of joint pain, swelling, hot, tender to painful and red with these symptoms lasting 3-10 days
3. Intercritical stage – this is the symptom-free interval between gout attacks. Most people have a second attack from 6 months to 2 years, while others are symptom-free for 5 to 10 years
4. Chronic stage – persistently painful joints with large urate deposits (tophi) in the cartilage, membranes between the bones, tendons and soft tissues. The skin over the deposits develop sores and release white pus. Motion is limited in the affected joint

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