What are thyroid disorders?
Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain. Occasionally there may be swelling of the front part of the neck due to goiter. Untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy can lead to delays in growth and intellectual development in the baby or congenital iodine deficiency syndrome.
Allergy Center doctor’s will perform blood tests to measure your TSH and thyroid hormone levels. A high TSH level and low thyroxine level could mean that your thyroid is underactive. These levels could also indicate that your pituitary gland is releasing more TSH to try to stimulate the thyroid gland to make its hormone.
The main treatment for hypothyroidism is to take thyroid hormone pills. It’s important to get the dose right, because taking too much thyroid hormone can cause symptoms of Thyroid
Signs Of Hypothyroidism
- Fatigue Dry, coarse skin
- Feeling cold
- Cool extremities
- Poor memory and concentration
- Myxedema (mucopolysaccharide deposits in the skin)
- Constipation, dyspepsia
- Hair loss
- Weight gain with poor appetite
- Slow pulse rate
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the limbs
- Hoarse voice
- Delayed relaxation of tendon reflexes
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Abnormal sensation
- Pleural effusion, ascites, pericardial effusion
- Poor hearing