Gout is caused due to increase in levels of uric acid in your blood. When the increase in blood uric acid level becomes excessive (hyperuricemia), urate crystals form around the joints. This causes inflammation and severe pain in the joint. The first acute attack of gout usually occurs after several years of build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints and surrounding tissue. Therefore, most people do not realise that they have an elevated blood uric acid level until the first gout attack. There is no cure for gout and there is no definite way to prevent gout, but the frequency and severity of future attacks of gout can be prevented.
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