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Jun 11, 2008
If you think you may develop or have gout, then there are certain gout symptom factors you should be aware of. The indicators of this painful form of arthritis come in many forms. Below are some things you should know that could increase your chances of developing gout.

Forty to fifty year old men are the most likely group to have gout. However, it can also affect women who are post-menopausal, as well as those who experience:

- having kidney disease

- obesity

- diabetes

- hardened arteries (otherwise known as hyperlipidemia)

- high blood pressure history,

or people who've undergone organ transplant surgery.

One of the most common risk factors for developing a gout symptom is history of the disease in the family. Over 18% of people with the disease have said that they have a family history with it. This is usually due to conditions such as weaker organs (like kidneys) being passed down from generation to generation, and/or high purine foods in family meals passed down through the generations.

Other gout symptom risk factors include:

- being exposed to lead

- lost of alcohol intake, which leads to high levels of uric acid in your bloodstream

- enzymes in the body that are defective and interfere with your body's ability to break down purines

The first gout symptom you'll experience when you get your first attack is a painful, swollen, shiny red toe (usually the big toe). It may seem like a small thing at first, but if it's left untreated it'll get progressively more painful until you can't bear to wear a sock or have a bed sheet touch it. You're also more likely to suffer from more and longer gout attacks in the future (your first attack will last from a few days to a couple of weeks). Other joints, like elbows and ankles, can get affected in these subsequent attacks too.

If these risk factors turn a potential gout attack into a reality for you, you can take medications with ibuprofen (like Motrin or Advil) or try home remedies (like cold or warm towels wrapped around the aching joint) to get pain relief. But in order to prevent future attacks, you must seek treatment as soon as possible.
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