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All About Gout

Anyone who has had an attack of gout remembers it. Itís rarely subtle. While the symptoms of many other types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, typically develop over time, gout symptoms tend to come on suddenly. Many people wake up with a red, hot, swollen, painful joint (usually the big toe, ankle, or knee). The pain can be severe, making it almost impossible to use the joint. An attack can last…

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