Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. The acid can form needle-like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling.
Treating gout requires a two-pronged approach that combines medications and lifestyle changes.
Medications for gout have two purposes: to ease the pain and inflammation of acute attacks and to control uric acid levels to prevent future attacks.
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