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Can hyper thyroidism or thyroid meds cause a high bac reading in a blood test?

Can hyper thyroidism or thyroid meds cause a high bac reading in a blood test?

Unclear question: What is a "bac reading"? It may help if you spell out your concern. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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


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Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Should a person with hyper thyroidism take typical thyroid medication like Synthroid (thyroxine)?

Usually not: Usually, a person with hyperthyroidism has too much thyroid hormone in her body. One would take Synthroid (thyroxine) (synthetic hormone) to make up for a lack of enough thyroid hormone due to HYPOthyroidism. A person with HYPOthyroidism who becomes hyperthyroid due to taking too high of a dose of Synthroid (thyroxine) might be asked to take Synthroid (thyroxine) (at a lower dose) even though she is temporarily hyperthyroid. ...Read more

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I started using st ives products, and I was using them every day, and now I have a dark ring around my neck. How do I get rid of it?

I started using st ives products, and I was using them every day, and now I have a dark ring around my neck. How do I get rid of it?

Stop St Ives: Most probably you are having a reaction to
this skin product. This is very common and
not usually a severe one. Stop using this and
after a couple weeks or a month you might
try a different product for your skin.
If this does not clear or becomes worse you
may need to see a skin specialist. ...Read more

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Dark ring around neck? I scrub and clean it daily. Tested negative for diabetes

Dark ring around neck?  I scrub and clean it daily. Tested negative for diabetes

Acanthosis nigricans: It sounds like you are describing a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans. This appears as darkened, velvety skin around the base of the neck, also in the axilla. It is typically associated with Insulin resistance. You don't necessarily have to have diabetes, but would be at increased risk for developing diabetes. If you are overweight, weight loss can be helpful to treat it. ...Read more

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I have a dark ring around my neck . Does this mean diabetes? It does run in my family

I have a dark ring around my neck . Does this mean diabetes? It does run in my family

get tested: It could be acanthosis nigricans which can signify Insulin resistance. If you have a strong family history of diabetes, and you're worried about it, get a blood test to find out your levels. Ask for a test called a1c. ...Read more

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My 6 year old has the dark ring all the way around his neck he is over 80 pounds he does go outside and play and run around what could this be?

My 6 year old has the dark ring all the way around his neck he is over 80 pounds he does go outside and play and run around what could this be?

Rash: Dark ring may be acanthosis nigricans especially if a person is over weight. Acanthosis nigricans represents risk factor for diabetes. Other causes like dermatitis, hyperpigmentation from sun exposure, fungal infection are a possibility. Need to see child's PCP to determine the exact cause ...Read more

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I have this weird itching on my neck around my throat but no rash just dark color rings. What could that be and what can I do to make it stop itching?

I have this weird itching on my neck around my throat but no rash just dark color rings. What could that be and what can I do to make it stop itching?

Allergic reaction: This could be pseudoacanthosis nigrocans found in heavy set people, or people with endocrine problems. It could also be an allergic reaction to fragrance. It is impossible to make definitive diagnosis. See physician for possible blood tests and treatment with prescription creams to decrease itching amd gradually lighten color. ...Read more

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My niece is 18. Had a menstrual cycle ONCE. Sleeps all the time. Overweight. Neck dark on back. PMD says thyroid normal. What is it? 2nd opinion?

My niece is 18.  Had a menstrual cycle ONCE. Sleeps all the time. Overweight. Neck dark on back. PMD says thyroid normal. What is it? 2nd opinion?

Acanthosis nigricans: Is the darkness on the back of her neck. She has insulin resistance and PCOS She needs to see an endocrinologist and start treatment for this. She will be unable to lose weight until her insulin resistance is treated. Her periods will not normalize without addressing the hormonal imbalance she has. ...Read more

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My neck and face is getting dark?

My neck and face is getting dark?

Many causes: Persons with darker skin complexions have many causes for the neck & face to be getting darker. ...Read more

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Why is my skin on neck and face turning dark?

Why is my skin on neck and face turning dark?

Sun or other?: Sun exposure will hyperpigment the skin in sun exposed areas. There are also some medical conditions that can change skin color like addisons disease or acanthosis nigricans. See your doctor for an appropriate workup to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my dark neck?

How do I get rid of my dark neck?

Need more info...: Cosmetic lightening can be done with topical products such as quinones that target melanin production--but can have detrimental long-term effects. Causes of darker skin on your neck should be looked into--such as acanthosis nigricans which can be a sign of endocrine problems such as diabetes. Identifying and treating the underlying cause is always the best approach. ...Read more

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How to treat dark neck and stretch marks?

How to treat dark neck and stretch marks?

Eval: Treatments: Please see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for evaluation. Possible treatments include fractional laser resurfacing, dermabrasion & medication (i.e., retinoids). ...Read more

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What can I do to address the dark spots on my neck?

What can I do to address the dark spots on my neck?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Witt are my inner thighs, neck and underarms dark.?

Witt are my inner thighs, neck and underarms dark.?

Several reasons: They may range from acanthosis nigricans to addison's — see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have dark patches on the back of neck. Can this be diabetes?

I have dark patches on the back of neck. Can this be diabetes?

Can be: Acanthosis nigracans-
see dermatologist; can happen in type 2 diabetes

But usually a band not patches, so do see dermatologist to be sure nothing else going on. ...Read more

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