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The Tophi Blog. Tophi are horrible lumps of uric acid crystals that tell you your gout is seriously out of control. Over the years, uric acid crystals spread into every joint and also buildup in soft tissues. Those little jelly lumps under the skin grow into disfiguring tumors. Most of the time they are benign, but they often restrict movement, and make footwear uncomfortable. The worst thing comes when they burst through the skin – now you have an open wound to deal with, with all the risks of infection. Tophi cannot grow if you get your uric acid into the safe zone, but it can take years for them to shrink, so the sooner you lower uric acid, the better. Get treatment for gout to remove tophi before they harm you.
If you still need convincing that this is serious, please read these pages, then browse the tophi reference pages.
Best Tophi Picture shows greatest Tophi Treatment
I think this is the best tophi picture. Because it shows successful tophi treatment. Most tophi photographs are horrible. But I think you should know the dangers of untreated gout. Despite the advances in science that mean we can now control gout, there is a tiny minority who cannot tolerate common uric acid-lowering treatment. If you do not get uric acid to safe concentration, you are doomed to the continuous growth of tophi. So, you might treat the pain, but can you control the gout? Pain relief without uric acid […]
Doctor, do I have gout?
It’s been my sad duty today to tell someone that they have got gout. First his doctor suspected gout but wasn’t sure. He ran the usual blood test for uric acid. The doctor didn’t understand the results, and suggested it was unlikely to be gout. Like 3 in 4 doctors, he got confused between facts about laboratory reference ranges for uric acid, and facts about medical uric acid safety. Our patient is left worrying what is wrong with him, and wondering what to do next. Someone had to step up […]
Why are tophi important to gout sufferers?
Why are tophi important? Gout sufferers care about the severe pain of gout attacks, but a single tophus is usually painless. So, what exactly are tophi, and why are they so dangerous to gout sufferers? Tophi is the plural of tophus. A single small tophus is easy to miss, but they grow and clump together, forming large lumps of many tophi. They are not usually painful until they burst skin. Eventually, they grow worse, destroying joints and damaging organs. You must not ignore these lumps, so read on to see […]