Alternate Names : Acute Gout, Gouty Arthritis, Acute Gouty Arthritis
What can be done to prevent the disease?
Some cases of gout can be prevented by controlling conditions that are strongly associated with gout,
such as high blood pressure
or high cholesterol.
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
People with gout can live normal lives. But when the disease is active, it can
have a significant effect on quality of life. Gout can progress to a chronic
state, and it can lead to kidney
stones and chronic changes in the affected joints. The chronic
stage is more likely to occur when the disease starts before the age of 30.
Untreated gout can lead to permanent disability.
What are the risks to others?
Gout is not contagious and poses no risk to others.