Gout affects 1-2% of the population, and it is more common in men. In women it usually does not occur before menopause. Gout flares are characterized by the acute onset of joint warmth, swelling, pain and redness. Flares are caused by the body's immune system reacting to an overabundance of uric acid crystals, and they can last from several days to weeks. Parts of the body commonly affected include the big toe, foot, ankle and knee. People who suffer from gout usually have no symptoms between attacks. When left untreated flares can become increasingly more common, uric acid crystals may deposit in soft tissues and kidney disease may develop. Excellent therapies are available to both treat and prevent gout flares. A condition called pseudogout is similar to gout, but is caused by a different type of crystal.
Choosing Your San Antonio Gout Specialist
It's not easy selecting the right doctor who will take the time to understand your particular needs so that they can better help you understand your condition and its treatment. So it is imperative that you ask the right questions:
- Does your specialist have first-hand experience at serving those most affected by Gout?
- Is your specialist recognized and respected by her peers as an active patient advocate?
- Is your specialist board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine?
Dr. Chelsea Clinton has a positive answer for each of these questions. Dr. Clinton's biography attests to her dedication. Inspired by the world-class rheumatologists she worked with at The University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Clinton has dedicated her career to patients who suffer from rheumatologic conditions.
Please call the office at (210) 591-0688 for more information or to make an appointment.