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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Left side of face swollen and red/splotchy, but not sore at all. Has been this way for a month or so and energy levels low. Thyroid issue perhaps?

Left side of face swollen and red/splotchy, but not sore at all. Has been this way for a month or so and energy levels low. Thyroid issue perhaps?

Swollen face: Most important is to rule out zoster. This is an important infection to treat. It is usually painful and with blisters. This does not sound exactly like your case but important to check. This could also be a local skin or sinus infection. ...Read more

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26, female, 5'5", 180lbs. Experiencing facial redness and hair loss. ANA negative. Thyroid normal. Vitamin D is 34ng/mL. Is this too low/the cause?

26, female, 5'5", 180lbs. Experiencing facial redness and hair loss. ANA negative. Thyroid normal. Vitamin D is 34ng/mL. Is this too low/the cause?

Vitamin D okay: Your vitamin D level is normal. You may try to lose weight, not an easy task. I trust that you are seeing a doctor as the issue cannot be adequately dealt with in this forum. ...Read more

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Itchy redness on neck, shaped like butterfly. No history on thyroid problem, so what could be the cause? Should I go to ER or urgent care for this?

Itchy redness on neck, shaped like butterfly. No history on thyroid problem, so what could be the cause? Should I go to ER or urgent care for this?

Rash: The differential diagnosis of rashes is very large. A physician typically needs to see your rash in person and get a history to make a diagnosis. Bactrim can cause a serious rash so call your treating MD immediately for instructions. I noticed you have a skin abscess and a mild fever, but it is unclear how long you have had the abscess or where the abscess is. See MD to ensure improvement. ...Read more

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Daughter has constant sore throat. no temp no redness or white patches. Its pain where her thyroid is and up.she gets swabbed there is bacteria. pain ?

Daughter has constant sore throat. no temp no redness or white patches. Its pain where her thyroid is and up.she gets swabbed there is bacteria. pain ?

Sore throat: May have reflux, food allergies , environmental allergies with post nasal drip or mononucleosis, rarely thyroid disease. Would raise head of bed while sleeping consider trial of antihistamine before bed and /or Zantac/ Prevecid. for reflux.. Follow up with allergist, consider thyroid studies including ultrasound ...Read more

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What to do if I have high eosinphils, low red blood cells, and thyroid?

What to do if I have high eosinphils, low red blood cells, and thyroid?

Keep learning: You're doing yourself a disservice by believing that either you or we can draw any conclusion whatever from some labs that aren't even quantitative. Low reds anemia is ALWAYS serious and you MUST insist that a cause be found. Thyroid problems need to be addressed. How high the eos are will guide any possible workup; it may be trivial. ...Read more

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Does red bull or any form of energy drink effect your thyroid. I have a thyroid issue that hasn't been diagnosed (ran test & such) can't figure it out?

Does red bull or any form of energy drink effect your thyroid. I have a thyroid issue that hasn't been diagnosed (ran test & such) can't figure it out?

Not directly: But all so-called "energy" drinks are just heavily laced with caffeine, which is a stimulant. It can be a problem if you're thyroid is overactive. Get yours diagnosed properly and treated successfully, if necessary. ...Read more