Gout is a form of arthritis. It usually appears in male patients ages 40 to 50 and in female patients after menopause. Symptoms include pain in swollen and stiff joints. It is usually caused by build up of uric acid when the body overproduces it or can’t expel it properly. In some cases, this is caused by medications taken for other illnesses. Since the symptoms of gout mimic other, more serious diseases, you should not try any of the gout remedies available without a prescription until you are diagnosed using a blood test or through lab analysis of fluid from a swollen and stiff joint.