First, let’s define what gout is. Gout is a kind of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. These can form into crystal deposits that settle in your joints causing those painful gout flares. Gout flares often occur in the big toe, but they can impact your other joints too like in the hands, elbows, knees, and ankles.
It usually just affects one joint in the beginning but if left untreated, it can spread to your other joints. The attacks too can become more frequent rather than just a one-time thing. This is why it’s vital that you find out right away if you have it.
How to Know if You Have Gout
The best way to know if you have gout is to visit a doctor and get yourself checked. Your doctor will first examine the affected area and ask about other symptoms before doing tests to confirm the diagnosis.
They might also ask you about your medical history as well as your diet and lifestyle. This is because gout is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If you have a family history of gout, then you are likely to have it. Further, if you consume high purine foods such as red meat, seafood, and beer, then you are at more risk for having gout as well.