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Dr. Terri Washington
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Thyroid Diseases (Definition)

You can have problems with they thyroid making too much or too little thyroid hormone. You can also have problems with it being too large (goiter) of having nodules or cysts in it. There are also occasional thyroid cancers. Most thyroid problems can be easily diagnosed and treated ...Read more


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I'm hypothyroid. When on birth control alone, I noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. Is dis pos? Iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

I'm hypothyroid. When on birth control alone, I noticed dat my acne &hair loss improved little. Is dis pos? Iv heard dat bcps worsen thyroid problems?

BCP and thyroid: BCP do not worsen thyroid problems. Presumably you are taking levothyroxine for your hypothyroidism. BCP increases the amount of thyroid binding protein in the blood. In some of the older blood tests, this altered some of the values, but if a TSH or FT4 is measured, there is no problem with interpretation of lab values. ...Read more

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Can you have thyroid problems with normal labs? TSH- 0.75. Free T4-0.91. MD said neck "full". Also have small lump just left of submental space. Frequently tired/fatigued. General soreness. Severe acne lower part of face. New high BP (150s/100s)

Can you have thyroid problems with normal labs? TSH- 0.75. Free T4-0.91. MD said neck "full". Also have small lump just left of submental space. Frequently tired/fatigued. General soreness. Severe acne lower part of face. New high BP (150s/100s)

Fatigued: There are lots of possible causes of fatigue. If the thyroid tests are normal, then the cause of the fatigue is probably something else. You should follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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How can I treat a high thyroid? I'm our of my meds. And how can I treat the acne caused by hormones.

How can I treat a high thyroid? I'm our of my meds. And how can I treat the acne caused by hormones.

Elevated TSH?: If your TSH is elevated then you have hypothyroidism. This abnormality may also make acne worse. Please discuss with your doctor as you probably need to go back on your levothyroxine. ...Read more

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I have Hyperthyroidism and I've been getting more acne then before. Does my thyroid have something to do with this problem?

I have Hyperthyroidism and I've been getting more acne then before. Does my thyroid have something to do with this problem?

Probably 2 issues: B"sd
There are some reports of oily skin and acne - but nothing specific on my literature search. This is probalbly occurence of a very common with a not so uncommon condition and both have their own specific causes and remedies. As an endo would check hormone status relating to the acne and the thryoid and make recommendations as appropriate for both. Happy to discuss. ...Read more

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Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Rare adverse event: In few susceptible patients minocycline can trigger the immune system & cause "drug induced autoimmune disease". Minocycline remains a safe drug but you need to be ware of these very rare side effects. Best wishes ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and I had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and I had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

Small risk: Accutane can cause conjunctival irritation and secondarily eye dryness. If your eyes are dry to begin with and you add the dryness of accutane, then your dryness can increase. At your age I would have expected acne to be attenuated but you certainly can try Accutane with an understanding of the risks. ...Read more

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50 mg spironolactone (for hormonal acne) caused diffuse hair loss for me for last 5 months. Thyroid/iron/autoimmune/etc. Labs all normal. Will this resolve without stopping the med? How long could it take? Would a change in dosage maybe help?

50 mg spironolactone (for hormonal acne) caused diffuse hair loss for me for last 5 months. Thyroid/iron/autoimmune/etc. Labs all normal. Will this resolve without stopping the med? How long could it take? Would a change in dosage maybe help?

Hair loss: Spironolactone, being antiandrogenic, actually is used to treat female pattern hair loss. Your hair loss may be genetically determined. Any other female relatives with hair thinning pattern? For further evaluation a dermatologist may be able to pinpoint the type of hair loss you have and determine whether hair regrowth may be likely. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a 20 y/o male and have had 2 very painful lumps on the back of my neck and a little farther down my back that don't go away. I have been worried about what they might be. I have tried popping it since I have had an acne problem for a while and it

Hi, I am a 20 y/o male and have had 2 very painful lumps on the back of my neck and a little farther down my back that don't go away. I have been worried about what they might be. I have tried popping it since I have had an acne problem for a while and it

See your doctor: Persistent painful bumps should be checked out. It is likely they are related to a skin cyst or a small skin infection, but you will want to know the best treatment to relieve the skin problem and the pain. ...Read more

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Acne under chin on jaw and neck, what could be the cause?

Acne under chin on jaw and neck, what could be the cause?

Acne: Acne can be treated effectively by a dermatologist. Both topical and systemic medications are used depending on the severity of your condition. Acne can leave scarring so it is important to treat it. It is much more expensive to treat acne scarring for cosmetic improvement later than to prevent it from occurring with effective medical therapy. ...Read more

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I never get acne, but I have been on cephalexin for a week and my entire face and now starting down my neck is broke out. Can cephalexin cause acne?

I never get acne, but I have been on cephalexin for a week and my entire face and now starting down my neck is broke out. Can cephalexin cause acne?

Acne like drug reax: I do not think it is true acne, but may be an acneaform drug reaction. Some medications can cause an acne like eruption, and the treatment is to stop the medication. I would ask the doctor that gave you the antibiotic to see if it could switched to something else. If it does not improve in 3-4 weeks, I would see a dermatologist. I hope this helps.
Lana long, M.D. ...Read more

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Few months back I used to take medicines for skin (acne), aftr dat for nose prblem and after that for neck pain and nw for acidity. Is it hrmful (medicin?

Few months back I used to take medicines for skin (acne), aftr dat for nose prblem and after that for neck pain and nw for acidity. Is it hrmful (medicin?

Polypharmacy: I wish everybody was as reluctant to take medication as you are, but often we do need it. Today people can expect to live far longer, healthier lives than at any time in human history. This is due both to public health measures (hygiene, sanitation, immunization) and medication. It's the norm for a vigorous young man like yourself to have this medication history ; it won't ruin you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

Probably nothing: Acne confined to a shoulder may be from rubbing; we see this in men who bench-press large amounts of weight. Most adults have one or more palpable lymph nodes in the neck, and if they are not rock-hard, fixed to other structures, or growing rapidly, they're best ignored. Glad you're a good observer of the body. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have pimples/acne (i don't know if there is a difference)in the neck, in front and not one but many. I don't have any throat problem?

I have pimples/acne (i don't know if there is a difference)in the neck, in front and not one but many. I don't have any throat problem?

Understand?: I am not certain I understand your question. You can treat acne with OTC Benzac 5 or 10% (benzoyl peroxide) cream or gel; however, I don't understand the reference to your throat. Please resubmit your question. ...Read more

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I have lots of acne in my face and back. But I never had this before, extreme lower back pain thighs legs back neck. Left ovary pain. What caused?

See a doctor: I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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I have livedo reticularis, bulging veins, non-healing body acne, off/on fever, GI bleeds, diarrhea ALT w/constip, migraines, shocks of pain neck lymph nodes. No ibd, ANA negative. Any common cause?

I have livedo reticularis, bulging veins, non-healing body acne, off/on fever, GI bleeds, diarrhea ALT w/constip, migraines, shocks of pain neck lymph nodes. No ibd, ANA negative. Any common cause?

Complicated question: Pika this is not one for the internet these can be caused by a variety if illnesses. Autoimmune problems come to mind. First you need a good internist, consultation with rheumatologist as well. These persons must be board certified in their fields as well.
I would be surprised if your illnesses were not related to a central cause of either an immune nature, or lymptatic system disturbances. ...Read more

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I believe I have cystic acne should I have my thyroids checked and what should I do its also very itchy.?

I believe I have cystic acne should I have my thyroids checked and what should I do its also very itchy.?

Get Rx that works: This is the 21st century and nobody needs to have cystic acne, or anything that looks like it. If this is cystic acne, your primary care physician will probably start you on both a topical (clindamycin with a retinoic acid derivative, perhaps) and a systemic antibiotic, or if you're a lady, discuss the oral contraceptive pill. If tough, you have a right to a dermatologist's big guns. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm interested in trying the herb guggel for acne and low thyroid function. Has anyone had experience with this herb?

What do you advise if I'm interested in trying the herb guggel for acne and low thyroid function. Has anyone had experience with this herb?

Guggul: Not aware that Guggel can be used for thyroid conditions or acne. GUGGUL (AKA Commiphora mukul, Guggulipid, Indian Bedellium, and Commiphora wightii) is a traditional Ayurvedi medicine. The meaning in Sanskrit is “one that protects against diseases”. It has traditionally been used to treat obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis & sciatica. Although it was once thought to decrease ...Read more

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I'm 30 and have been developing symptoms that make me think I'm experiencing premature menopause or a thyroid complication. Hot flashes (since around age 23 or 24) acne far worse than as a teen (since late 20's) quite a bit of facial hair growth (since la

I'm 30 and have been developing symptoms that make me think I'm experiencing premature menopause or a thyroid complication. Hot flashes (since around age 23 or 24) acne far worse than as a teen (since late 20's) quite a bit of facial hair growth (since la

Thirty: Thirty would be extremely young fo rmenopause. I am glad that you have had testing performed by your physician and endocrinologist. It may be helpful to keep a log of your symptoms and review them with your physician or specialist in the future so that they are aware of all of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have a thyroid prob even when test came back negative? My hair is like straw, acne all over, and dry skin along with reflux?!

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Is it possible to still have a thyroid prob even when test came back negative? My hair is like straw, acne all over, and dry skin along with reflux?!

Maybe (not). . .: How negative is negative? Reflux & acne are not usually signs or symptoms of thyroid disorder, either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. There is a wide range of "normal"; some labs often use 0.45 to 4.5. Your body might be used to lower number like 1 so that 4 is abnormal even tho result is negative. Kinda like straight A valedictorian getting 1st D- which is still passing. ...Read more

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Every since my radioactive iodine treatment after thyroid cancer I have had bad acne. Could this be related? I had the treatment in june of 2010.

Every since my radioactive iodine treatment after thyroid cancer I have had bad acne. Could this be related? I had the treatment in june of 2010.

Indirectly related: It would be very unlikely for the radioactive iodine to induce acne, but another change that probably happened around the same time is taking thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone tablets could affect the balance between estrogen and testosterone, by changing the amount of sex hormone binding protein made by the liver. Lab tests could help your doctor know if this was causing your acne. ...Read more

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Sir I have my periods on time. I'm 27 years. Got my thyroid test done on third day on periods. Tsh is 6.5? do I need medication. Facing acne issues oflate

Sir I have my periods on time. I'm 27 years. Got my thyroid test done on third day on periods. Tsh is 6.5? do I need medication. Facing acne issues oflate

Likely: Your TSH level indicates under-active thyroid and it would be prudent to consult your doctor for replacement thyroid medication. You period is not likely to have affected the TSH result. ...Read more

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I have cystic acne, I am 22year female. Hormone therapy is not working, I have under active thyroid and take medicine. Plz suggest me a topical treatment?

I have cystic acne, I am 22year female. Hormone therapy is not working, I have under active thyroid and take medicine. Plz suggest me a topical treatment?

I would recommend: That you speak to your own doctor and/or a dermatologist. It is unlikely that an over-the-counter topical medication will work for cystic acne, especially if the hormonal therapy isn't helping. The dermatologist should be able to help you. ...Read more

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Does a thyroid level in the TSH 4.1 to 5.2 range indicate hypothyroidism? Is very dry skin and increase in acne also a symptom?

Does a thyroid level in the TSH 4.1 to 5.2 range indicate hypothyroidism? Is very dry skin and increase in acne also a symptom?

Possibly: A TSH of 4.1-5.2 is mildly high. Most people with these levels will still have a normal thyroid level (free t4), and have no symptoms. We call that subclinical hypothyroidism. There are, however, some people who are sensitive to even mildly abnormal levels, and have symptoms. Dry skin is a very common complaint, that may or may not be related. Acne is usually associated with high thyroid. ...Read more

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I'm on bc pills, (6 months) 0.35 mcg of estrogen in pills, so why am I still having night sweats, acne and insomnia? All blood work and thyroid normal

I'm on bc pills, (6 months) 0.35 mcg of estrogen in pills, so why am I still having night sweats, acne and insomnia? All blood work and thyroid normal

BCPs: Most bcps help acne by increasing a protein that binds to testosterone and in effect hides it from the body. You may need a less androgenic Progesterone bcp to better control this. The night sweats should not occur if caused by perimenopause because the estrogen in bcps replaces the deficiency associated with this. If night sweats only occur during your menses week, then only take active pills. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more