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BEYOND LOCAL: What is gout? What you need to know about this painful disease

Chiropodist Shannon Youn says, if you have it, you'll know it
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Abibsi says gout “hurts like hell,” and your joints, often in the foot or big toe, will become swollen in a matter of days.

“The immune system of the joint doesn’t like this uric acid [and] attacks its own joint to get rid of this unwanted guest,” she said.

Dye-Torrington says another sign of gout can be a low-grade fever.

 

“In more severe cases, gout could affect more than one joint.”

Youn says symptoms can last for about a week and besides the toe, gout can also happen in the knee, angle, mid-foot, wrist and elbow.



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