Gout causes attacks of pain and swelling, usually in the joint of the big toe. Gout is a kind of arthritis. It is most common in men.
If you get a gout attack- Talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist or Arthritis NZ educator about medicine to treat the gout attack and about taking medicine every day to bring down your uric acid levels and prevent further attacks.
You might think that gout is caused by drinking too much beer and fizzy drinks and eating too much meat and shellfish. In fact, gout is caused by having too much of a chemical called "uric acid" in your blood.Your body makes uric acid when you eat food. It is normal and healthy to have some uric acid in your body. Most people get rid of uric acid through their urine.
Gout can be a sign you could get diabetes, heart disease and kidney problems. Gout can be very painful and can stop you doing all the things you enjoy. Gout can stop you playing sport and spending time with your family . Gout can stop you feeling good about yourself and your life.