What you are about to see may not be suitable for children or people with a weak stomach. Tophus, (tophi is plural) is not only gross to look at but it represents very advanced cases of gout.

Tophaceous Gout is the most serious stage of gout and it is the clinical term for chronic gout that has gone unattended for an extended period of time.

Take Tophi Seriously

Just have a look at this and it will scare the hell out of you. The really bad news is that if you have this, (which I’ve had before and I only have one kidney) this is the same stuff kidney stones are made of! Tophi can move you toward a fairly dangerous place. As you can see by the pictures below, if you let it go too long it can be quite unsightly, but worse, encumbering.

The real problem is, Tophi does not especially hurt – so you don’t really notice it because it comes on quite slowly.

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MY tophi when away!!!! It was there for a month, then it started leaking, i pressured it , rub it , and the clear gel came out then a little blood, now it’s gone, my finger looks normal (except for the inflamation it has). In January I changed my diet, no meat, very little chicken, lots of veggies, tofu, fish, and lots of alkaline water, lemons, and of course walking 3 or 4 times a day about 2 miles each, keeping busy yard work, washing my car, being positive, I took combination of Gout, Joint,kidney, liver, multi-vitamins, read alot about gout in your blogs and website, all over, and prayed. My gout is gone, I just have arthitis on my fingers, sometimes my feet hurt when I walk , oh also no BEER, but I still have some now and then. I’m continuing everything I have done above, i’m not changing back to my old ways of eating and ‘couch potato’ ways. Thanks to you for inspiration too!!! I know people with Gout are far worse than I was and it was scary seeing those pics of their feet. PS: I never went to the Dr. and took any kind of Meds. ALSO I bought a ‘grounding mat’ , read about it, it works.~ Ruben

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Obviously I picked the absolute most graphic photos I could find for maximum impact . . . how did I do?

Most of the time this occurs in more elderly people but, hey, I had 3 surgeries by the time I was 47!

Tophi looks kind of like cottage cheese under your skin. It has a tendency to become wrapped around or entwined with the tendons and will cause them to “calcify”.

Before my surgeries I couldn’t bend either one of my little fingers.

I had one that looked about like this only it was on the tip of my thumb on my right hand.

Pretty sick, huh?

Is this enough to get you to change your wicked ways?

Yours truly . . . showing off the non-functioning little finger of my right hand . . . compliments of tophaceous gout.

To give a little background to this, I’d gone off my meds and was trying out the Atkins Diet.

+ Remember!  Tophi is what happens when gout is ignored.