Gout is a medical condition characterized by a swollen, red, painful joint that has a limited range of motion. Swollen joints happen because of an accumulation of uric acid in the bloodstream, which then crystallizes in the joints. People who are affected by gout often have a fever and a general feeling of malaise associate with the disease. While gout is exceedingly painful, with proper treatment there is no reason why people with gout cannot be expected to make a full recovery. Without proper treatment, however, gout can cause life-long conditions and destruction of the joint and its supportive connective tissue. People who have gout often have a tendency to indulge in rich foods and drink, though some affected individuals have a genetic component to the disease. Gout is treatable with a wide range of treatment options including pharmacological, herbal, at-home and alternative treatments. People living with gout can expect full recover with proper management.