U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Brooklyn, NY
A 25-year-old female asked:

Diagnosed hypothyroidism 4yrs ago.tsh was 6.5.on synthroid 50 mcg.now tsh over 1.no antibodies detected.is it autoimmune or not?catch cold frequently

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Likely autoimmune: Most cases of hypothyroidism are due to autoimmune thyroiditis. Antibodies may decline as the thyroid tissue is lost to the inflammation. Frequent colds may not be related to thyroid but could be due to Dexamethasone. Do take Flu vaccine. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Provided original answer
Wish you good health!
Jan 16, 2018
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Unlikely: Autoimmune thyroid problem is usually diagnosed based on the presence of anti-thyroid antibodies. In the absence of those, one cannot be sure that the mechanism is of autoimmune origin. Allergy is more likely the cause for frequent cold symptoms and thus consider seeing an allergist to find out what may be the cause.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Mar 16, 2021

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.