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How Can A Goiter Be Prevented
Usually it can't: Iodine deficiency goiter is really the only preventable cause of thyroid enlargement. This is extremely uncommon in western societies. If you are developing a goiter, some doctors may suggest thyroid hormone supplementation to "suppress" the goiter, but this generally isn't terribly effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Goiter: You are thinking of iodine. However, Iodine will not prevent goiter in Kennebunk, nor in any other part of the US, nor in most of the world. That is because our diets are loaded with iodine. In some 3rd world countries, people develop goiter from iodine deficiency. Get your goiter checked out. ...Read more
Some are caused: By iodine deficiency, which is a reason for iodinized table salt...Those lacking seafood in the midwest and near west used to be so afflicted. Taking exogenous thyroid hormone (thyrolar, synthroid) may turn off TSH stimulation and reduce/diminish growth, but that is treatment rather than prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Techincally no such: You may be allergic to iodinated chemical compounds, such as radiographic dies, but you cannot be allergic to "the elemental" iodine, or iodine as a charged particle. Iodine is your thyroid, exist throughout your body, and you certainly can take in iodinized salt. This should not be a problem. Talk with your primary care doctor, an endocrinologist, or an allergy specialist, if you have doubts! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Goiter: Some goiters are present in several family members and some are not. If you are concerned about getting it yourself because others in the family have been diagnosed with this in the past. Have your PCP check your thyroid (physical exam) and order appropriate lab studies and if it is OK don't worry but get the same labs done annually. ...Read more
Variable: Goiter simply means a growth in the thyroid. Three things: 1) what are your thyroid function tests? Hyperthyroidism is managed differently from goiters with normal or low function. 2) usually an ultrasound is done to look for nodules suspicious for cancer - with biopsy if needed, 3) goiters are sometimes removed if they are enlarging significantly or cause swallowing or breathing issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on cause: If it is a diffuse goiter, it may be caused by high tsh, which can arise in hypothyroidism or iodine deficiency (rare in usa, as salt is iodinated) or excessive goitrogens in susceptible ppl (like cauliflower). Treating the hypothyroidism can slow growth, if the above is the cause. If enlarging modules is the cause, surgery. Depends on cause, radioactive iodine may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Goiter: Goiter is referred to enlarged thyroid gland. Visible enlargement may be the only symptom of it. Depending on the nature of the problem, there will be various symptoms present. Benign goiters may have minimal symptoms if small, while malignant or large benign ones may interfere with swallowing and / or breathing to name a few. ...Read more
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