Listen to Dr. Balderia discuss gout on KOMO radio’s Health Talk program.
Dr. Percy Balderia, a rheumatologist at The Polyclinic Madison Center and Downtown clinics, was recently featured on KOMO radio’s Health Talk program discussing gout. He explained that gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that occurs when uric acid crystals deposit in joints.
People often have a genetic predisposition to gout, either producing or retaining more uric acid in the body. This genetic component, often combined with lifestyle issues, can bring on gout symptoms that include sudden and severe joint pain, redness, swelling and even skin hypersensitivity. Gout often affects the big toe as well as the knees, ankles, and wrists.
Fortunately, there are many lifestyle changes and medications that can help patients manage gout symptoms and prevent permanent joint damage. Learn more about gout and listen to the full interview here.
If you have a patient with gout, The Polyclinic Rheumatology department offers appointments within the week and often the same day.