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…
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.
Have you had a finger lost to gout? Don’t dismiss gouty fingers. Untreated gout leads to bone destroying tophi. Can you avoid losing your fingers to gout?
This left foot tophi study describes how a foot was nearly lost to gout. OK in this case, but will you be lucky to save your foot? Don’t lose feet to gout.
Finger tophi stop you gripping. Even painless tophi on fingers make life difficult. Stop gout getting this bad. Shrink tophi before you lose your fingers.
Thumb tophi make gripping awkward. Like all tophi, they can burst & become infected. Photographs show why you must treat gout lumps quickly. Stop gout crystals.
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,…
Gouty tophi are often ignored as they are usually painless. But see how they grow into your joints and damage them. Get early control to save your joints.