Gout is one of the oldest types of arthritis where crystals build up in the body and cause joints to become very painful. Once treated, gout is not a problem for most people. Gout symptoms are caused by uric acid crystals in the joints. We all have some uric acid in our blood but most of us pass out enough in our urine to keep down the amount in our blood.
When there is too much uric acid in the tissues, it can form crystals. These crystals can form in and around joints,causing inflammation, swelling and severe pain.
Arthritis Ireland is hosting a special information evening, Living with Gout, on Tuesday 6 November on the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork. Admission is free and all are welcome.
Dr Sinead Harney, consultant rheumatologist, Cork University Hospital, will explain many aspects of gout, such as what causes it, how it is treated and lifestyle recommendations to help manage your gout. A questions and answers session will take place at the end of the meeting.
Registration, networking & tea/coffee from 7pm and speakers at 7.30pm.