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Your big toe has been hurting lately, but you can't remember stubbing it. It hurts so bad and feels warm, so you make an appointment to see the doctor. Your doctor runs some tests and tells you that it is gout. When you ask your doctor what that is, your doctor explains that it is excess uric acid in your bloodstream that crystallizes in your joints. At this point, you are proabably wondering how you contracted it and if there is anything you can do about it.

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1. How Did I Get Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis which occurs when your body cannot excrete enough uric acid through your kidneys, or your body produces more uric acid that it can't eliminate it fast enough. You cannot catch gout from someone nor can you give it to someone. Risk factors for getting gout include age, diet, sex (men tend to get it), obesity, and genetics.

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