A gout flare is inflammatory arthritis that is particularly painful and debilitating, typically affecting a single joint but sometimes affecting two or more joints.
An attack of gout can occur suddenly, often waking you up in the middle of the night with the sensation that your big toe is on fire. The affected joint is hot, swollen and so tender that even the weight of the sheet on it may seem intolerable.
• Intense joint pain.
• Lingering discomfort
• Inflammation and redness
• Limited range of motion.
Many specific treatments, including systemic and intraarticular glucocorticoids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and colchicine, are also beneficial for the gout flare treatment;
there is no single best agent for all patients experiencing a flare.
Lifestyle measures and medicines can help to prevent gout attacks