Pseudogout affects your joints and can cause the same symptoms as gout. But it’s a different medical condition. For more information on pseudogout, see our section on types of gout.
Gout can cause sudden pain in your joints. This is usually affects your big toe at first. You may also have swelling and tenderness around your joints. For more information, see our section on symptoms of gout.
Paracetamol may help to ease the pain of an acute attack of gout. Your doctor may prescribe other medicines, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), to ease your symptoms. For more information, see our section on treatment of gout.
Having too much uric acid in your body makes you more likely to have an attack of gout. But what triggers a flare up isn’t always clear. Common triggers include stress, alcohol, and dehydration. For more information, see our section on prevention of gout.
Foods containing a lot of purines can cause a flare up of gout. Purine-rich foods include offal, oily fish, meat and seafood. Alcohol and sugary drinks may contain a lot of purines too. For more information, see our section on prevention of gout.
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