Gout symptoms, as with other types of arthritis, are most often experienced in cycles that we refer to as “attacks” or “flares.” These flares may last anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the individual. Trigger foods can cause flares even a few hours after consumption. They may also happen overnight or after an injury.
Commonly, one joint is affected by a gout flare, but it can still affect multiple joints at a time. It is not unheard of for a flare to begin in one joint and move to another over time.
These are the most common symptoms of gout:
- Heat and redness around affected joints
- Swelling around affected joints
- Peeling or flaking skin (caused by swelling)
- Extreme pain or discomfort
- Joint stiffness
- Development of tophi
- Erosions or damage to the affected joint