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Gouty Big Toe

Picture of gout in the big toe

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia usually does no harm. But sometimes when uric acid levels in the blood are too high, uric acid forms crystals that build up in the joints. The crystals can cause a gout attack. A gout attack typically causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) in a single joint, most often the big toe.

Current as of: August 5, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

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

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