DOWNLOAD THE POSTERGout is a chronic condition caused by excess monosodium urate crystal deposition in and around the joints, ligaments and tendons. It causes painful inflammation and swelling, limits function and impacts on quality of life. Gout can be prevented with medicines to reduce urate levels in the blood such as allopurinol. A reduction of the blood urate level to <0.36mmol/L improves clinical outcomes in those that have more than one flare-up per year. Self management support such as dietary advice can also be beneficial.