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Is a hypervascular thyroid nodule symptom for thyroid infection?

Is a hypervascular thyroid nodule symptom for thyroid infection?

Typically, no: Usually, if there is an infection in the thyroid, like an abscess, it will be centrally avascular. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can my neck lymph node infection have anything to do with my thyroid nodule?

Can my neck lymph node infection have anything to do with my thyroid nodule?

Thyroid nodule: Lymph nodes in the neck frequently swell and then regress during minor viral illnesses. So this may have nothing to do with a thyroid nodule. However, that thyroid nodule should be worked up. Ideally with an ultrasound-directed biopsy and you should be seen by an endocrinologist. A thyroid cancer can spread to lymph nodes, although the more likely explanation is a virus. ...Read more

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I 've thyroid nodules, largest 3.3cm, days ago I started with ear pain, no infection, could benign nodules cause this? Massaging thyroid doesn't repeat pain

I 've thyroid nodules, largest 3.3cm, days ago I started with ear pain, no infection, could benign nodules cause this? Massaging thyroid doesn't repeat pain

Not likely: Sometimes problems in the thyroid can cause pain radiating to the ears, but one would expect tenderness over the thyroid area. It is therefore unlikely that your ear pain is from the benign thyroid nodules. You should see an ENT doctor of symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My husband has a viral infection and he has severe neck pain. So why?

My husband has a viral infection and he has severe neck pain. So why?

May be serious: Severe neck pain together with other symptoms such as malaise, fever, chills may be a sign for viral meningitis. See a doctor. ...Read more

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After a viral infection, I always get a rash in the same locations on my body. Upper abs, neck, groin. It is not very itchy, very red, goes away.

After a viral infection, I always get a rash in the same locations on my body. Upper abs, neck, groin. It is not very itchy, very red, goes away.

A curiosity...: ...but it sounds like your particular skin eruption is transient and can be relied upon to self-resolve. Suggest you take a picture next time and show your family doctor for piece of mind. Situational rashes as described can be seen in many settings and with variable clinical significance. ...Read more

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My lymph nodes on the front of my neck are firm and they swell on and off, they become painful. Is this OK after a viral infection?

My lymph nodes on the front of my neck are firm and they swell on and off, they become painful. Is this OK after a viral infection?

Maybe: As long as they do go down to less than 1cm and the soreness goes away. If they are larger than 1cm, see PCP or ENT ...Read more

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I've had a viral infection for a few weeks now with vertigo, lightheadness, ect. I keep get hot flashes and pulsing behind my ears and my neck? Why?

I've had a viral infection for a few weeks now with vertigo, lightheadness, ect. I keep get hot flashes and pulsing behind my ears and my neck? Why?

Labrynthitis: You could have a viral labrynthitis which is a n infection of the inner ear. This would cause the vertigo and lightheadedness. It might explain the pulsing behind your ears. Usually an infection will increase your temperature, but not necessarily cause hot flashes. ...Read more

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My 3 yrs old son has a rash around his mouth mainly, on the cheeks, forehead, behind the ears and the neck. No fever, no recent viral infection.

My 3 yrs old son has a rash around his mouth mainly, on the cheeks, forehead, behind the ears and the neck. No fever, no recent viral infection.

Parvovirus B19: You may be describing erythema infectiosum caused by infection with parvovirus b19. He will probably develop a lacy rash on arms or trunk within a few days. It is also called slapped face fever. The overwhelming majority of these infections are benign and self-limited and require no treatment. ...Read more

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Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red, weepy rash: Because of your scratching and breakink of the skin you probably have developed a form of impetigo caused by either strep or staph. You need to be under your doctors care. ...Read more

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What is Viral infections a risk factor for?

What is Viral infections a risk factor for?

Viral infections is a risk factor for:: Chronic fatigue syndrome, Cryoglobulinemia, Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, Gastroparesis, Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, Intussusception, Labyrinthitis, Miller Fisher Syndrome, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Asthma exacerbation in adults, Asthma exacerbation in children, Biliary atresia, Familial Mediterranean fever, Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, Subacute granulomatous thyroiditis, Encephalitis, Chronic bronchitis, High risk pregnancy, Transverse myelitis, Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Low grade fever, Ataxia, Reye Syndrome, Enlarged spleen, Thrombocytopenia, Vestibular neuritis, Glossitis. ...Read more

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

How can I get lid of thyroid nodules?

Hmm: Other than surgery (which I am not necessarily recommending), generally speaking thyroid nodules do not go away. You should have an ultrasound and possibly a needle aspiration. An endocrinologist or head and neck surgeon would be able to help get you worked up. ...Read more

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Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Can medication shrink thyroid nodules?

Usually not: In the distant past, thyroid hormone was used to 'shrink' nodules. More recent studies with ultrasound monitoring has shown that most nodules do not shrink with thyroid hormone treatment. Because thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in women, it is important to follow most thyroid nodules with ultrasound. With hashimoto's thyroiditis, there can be false or pseudonodules. ...Read more

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Do u treat a viral infection with antib?

No/Yes: You do not use antibacterial antibiotics to treat viral infections. Some viral illnesses are treated with antiviral antibiotics such as using Acyclovir or valacyclovir for herpes or varicella infections and HIV meds for hiv/aids. ...Read more

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What can cause viral infections in infants?

What can cause viral infections in infants?

Viruses: The newborn is fortunate to have temporary immunity to many viral illnesses based on moms lifetime of experiences. This temporary immunity is passed thru the placenta & begins to fade by 3-4 mo. After that point an kids get an average of 5-7 viral respiratory illnesses/yr and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr. Some vaccines (mmr & hep b) are available to prevent some illnesses, but most will self heal. ...Read more

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What is a viral infection and can u catch it?

Viral illness: A viral disease (or viral infection) occurs when an organism's body is invaded by pathogenic viruses. Viruses are generally contagious. Depending on the virus, they can be transmitted by airborne pathways, or body fluids, etc. Some viruses are easier to contract than others. Proper hand washing and hygiene remains the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. ...Read more

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Does medication actually shrink thyroid nodules?

No: There is radioactive therapy for nodules that are hyperactive and secrete hormone or those that are cancerous. Most thyroid nodules are not of these types, and there is no need to shrink them. ...Read more

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Do any thyroid nodules increase thyroid production?

Do any thyroid nodules increase thyroid production?

Yes: Some of the nodules could be hyperactive and cause hyperthyroidism (increase production of thyroid hormones). ...Read more

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I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

I have two thyroid nodules, is it ok to just wait and watch?

May need biopsy: The management of thyroid nodules depends on a number of factors. How big are they? What do they look like on ultrasound? Are they "hot" (take up radioiodine) or cold? Are they part of a multinodular goiter or hashimotos thyroiditis? The risk of a nodule being cancer is usually low, but big, solitary nodules are more worrisome. A biopsy is an easy procedure by someone trained in this. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a viral infection or something worse?

Best to know: Some infections have no symptoms. If you are concerned about a specific exposure, see your doc and get tested. For many infections there are specific symptoms: fever, sweats, chills, weight loss, cough, chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary discomfort/back pain, discharge, skin lesions w/pus. For these you need to see a doc for treatment. For hiv, hepatitis, hpv specific tests need to be done. ...Read more

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What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

What should I anticipate as standard approach in treating thyroid nodules?

Several steps: 1) history and physical exam by doctor, 2) blood test to assess thyroid function. If hyperthyroid: needs treatment and usually a nuclear scan. 3) if thyroid function is normal or depressed usually a thyroid ultrasound is done 4) if nodule is solid or suspicious then fine needle aspiration. 5) if benign: follow-up - if malignant (or suggestive) refer to qualified surgeon. ...Read more

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What caued thyroid nodules? Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

What caued thyroid nodules? Thyroid is normal size and functions normally...

Very common problem: Thyroid nodules are very common. We do not know why they appear. They normally do not cause functional changes in the thyroid. Once they are found, thyroid labs are done and ultrasound is used to evaluate. Those over 1 cm often get biopsied with fine needle aspiration biopsy. Luckily, about 95% of nodules are benign. ...Read more

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How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

How can you shrink a thyroid nodule?

Depends on the cause: If a nodule is due to hashimoto's thyroiditis (inflammation caused by autoimmunity, where one's own immune system attacks one's proteins and tissues), then taking thyroid hormone pills can shrink it. If it's a tumor that's over-producing thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine can kill it, and make it smaller). Fluid-filled cysts can be drained with a needle, but may grow back. Cancer needs surgery. ...Read more

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Can a viral infection cause pleurisy?

YesPresumedMostFreq.: Pleurisy, inflammation of the thin, delicate lining inside the chest, visceral portion covering/outside layer of the lungs, parietal layer lining the inside of the chest wall, both layers oozing small amounts of clear salt water filtered from blood capillaries & serving as lubricant, is presumed commonly from viral infections, however, as a body response, could be triggered by any no of triggers. ...Read more

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Could thyroid nodules grow again after rai?

Yes: Radio iodine is a labeled form of iodine that localizes in thyroid tissue. If the dose of radiation delivered partially shrinks the nodule there is still functioning thyroid tissue which can be further treated. ...Read more

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What is a circumscribed thyroid nodule exactly?

It depends: Circumscribed, on an ultrasound report, describes how distinct the border is between the nodule and the normal thyroid tissue. It would usually be preceded by "well" for nodules with sharp outlines, or "poorly" for nodules with blurred outlines. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more