Overview of Gout (Podagra)
Deposits (tophi) may also appear on bones, tendons, and under the skin, especially on the extensor surface of joints and the antihelix of the ear. On rare occasions, deposits may occur in the cornea of the eye.
Uric acid kidney stones and nephrotoxicity are other potentially serious sequelae of gout.
Effective treatment protocols consisting of diet and lifestyle changes along with herbal or pharmaceutical interventions are available. However, if left untreated, irreversible kidney damage, chronic arthritis, and recurring exacerbations are likely.
95% of patients suffering from gout are men over the age of 30. Gout is often called the rich man's disease because it is exacerbated by over consumption of rich foods and alcohol [Pizzorno2006, pg 1703].