Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in a joint. It causes sudden attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness, usually in one joint. It happens most often in the big toe.
Gout usually comes on without a cause. But drinking alcohol (especially beer), eating seafood and red meat, or taking certain medicines, such as aspirin or some diuretics, can also trigger an attack of gout.
Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD – Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD – Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine & Mary F. McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH – Internal Medicine