Diagram showing the cellular effects of gout flares during and after an episode of acute gout
The image shows an acute gouty attack from a scientific point of view.
The science is complicated, but the effects are simple.
High uric acid in the blood causes crystals to form, and these form most readily in the joints where conditions are cooler. On the left we see how uric acid crystals cause out immune system to react. On the right we see how clumps of coated uric acid cells remain.
Though our immediate reaction is to the pain of inflammation, this will pass within days as activated white blood cells enclose the uric acid crystals. We think that gout is over, but it is not.
Gout Joint Damage
Most of the cells that died in the fight against uric acid crystals exist for the purpose of fighting foreign bodies such as bacteria, viral infections, etc. However, some of those cells should have grown to repair and renew body tissues.
One or two gout attacks will mot cause serious damage. But prolonged presence of uric acid crystals will cause permanent joint damage.
If you want to avoid gout joint damage, you must lower uric acid to safe levels.
Learn more about the effects of uric acid in the uric acid guidelines.
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