Not Medical Advice: A gout flare up can last anywhere from three days to three weeks, but most last less than ten days. Gout flare ups usually recur on a yearly or bi-yearly basis if an effective treatment is not being used. Flare ups in males tend to last longer than they do in females.
High consumption of alcohol and meat can lead to longer lasting flare ups.
A recent study at John Hopkins University has shown that overweight and obese adults have higher rates of gout than someone who is not overweight. As BMI increased, so did rates of gout.