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Does chewing tobacco worsen gout ?

Someone I know chews tobacco and also has gout . I was wondering if the two were related by means of The tobacco causing flare ups or making the attacks(for lack Of a better word) last longer and are more frequent. I don t know much about gout except for that there Is too much of some sort of acid. Basically I was Just wondering if the tobacco effects the levels of the Acid in his body, if that is what gout is at all.
Sun, 2 Oct 2011
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Hello.Welcome.There is no evidence which suggests that there is link between chewing tobacco and gout.Good luck.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani's  Response
Gout means pain and swelling in joints mostly in lower limbs and foot is the first thing commonly involved.It is not the higher uric acid that only matters,symptoms are also must.tobacco may aggravate the condition.but there is no concrete evidence for that.Bye.
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