Viewer Question:I am a young man, just turned 30 the day before my last flare up. I first suffered an attack at the age of 24. My father and uncle both have a history of gout. I've only had it 3 times, but I'm concerned about the long range affects gout will have on me. Is it common to develop other, more serious symptoms other than the flares I get in my foot?
Doctor's Response:Long-term consequences of gout can include joint damage, skin nodules of uric acid, and kidney injury and/or stones. Recurring flares of arthritis is the most common presentation long-term consequence. The long-term consequences of gouty arthritis can be minimized by taking medications that reduce the uric acid level in the blood. Examples of such medications include allopurinol (Xyloprim) and benemid (Probenecid).
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