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Warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in a joint, usually a big toe joint. This symptom is called podagra. The pain often starts during the night. It may get worse quickly, last for hours, and be so intense that even light pressure from a bedsheet is intolerable.
Very red or purplish skin around the affected joint. The joint may look infected.
Limited movement in the affected joint.
Peeling and itching of the skin around the affected joint as the gout gets better.
Gout attacks can last a few days or many weeks before the pain goes away. Another attack may not happen for months or years.
See your doctor even if your pain from gout is gone. The buildup of uric acid that led to your gout attack can still harm your joints.
How symptoms vary
How, where, and when the symptoms of gout appear vary.
Some people have gout nearly all the time (chronic gout). Chronic gout in older adults may be less painful and can be confused with other forms of arthritis.
Gout may lead to inflammation of the fluid sacs (bursae) that cushion tissues, particularly in the elbow (olecranon bursitis) and knee (prepatellar bursitis).
Gout can also affect the joints of the feet, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows.
Symptoms may occur after an illness or surgery.
Gout may first appear as nodules (tophi) on the hands, elbows, or ears. You may not have any of the classic symptoms of a gout attack.