The symptoms of
gout (warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness
in joints) may be related to other medical conditions. Some of the conditions
that can have symptoms similar to those of gout are:
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But
rheumatoid arthritis affects more than one joint and generally affects both
sides of the body. RA especially affect the hands and wrists. Most of the time,
gout affects only one joint and is more common in the feet or
Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis develops
slowly and is ongoing, while a gout attack develops quickly and you may not
have symptoms between attacks.
A joint infected with bacteria (much
less common than gout). The treatment of an infected joint requires intravenous
antibiotics and hospitalization, so talk to your doctor if any of the following
signs or conditions are present:
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