What Is Gout?
What Is Gout?
Uric acid and minerals combine to create that pain in your big toe
Gout is the result of a build-up of uric acid in the blood.
Uric acid is a waste product created by cells. It is also created during the breakdown of purine-containing foods. Under normal conditions, uric acid is eliminated from the body in urine.
If you have gout, you either produce too much uric acid or you are unable to excrete the proper amount of it. Any excess acid combines with minerals to form crystals that are deposited in the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and intense pain. Over time, these crystals can erode and destroy any joint in your body, but the one in your big toe is most susceptible.
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