Thyroid Problems: How an ENT Can Help
Many people do not associate an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor with thyroid issues. However, problems with the thyroid, such as thyroid nodules, are commonly seen by ENTs. After all, the thyroid is located in the throat, and ENTs are throat experts!
The thyroid is located at the bottom of the neck and produces and secretes hormones that affect the whole body. These hormones influence many metabolic processes. An issue that could arise with the thyroid involves abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Symptoms can vary, and sometimes patients may have no symptoms at all! Common symptoms are weight loss, fast or irregular heartbeat, nervous sweat, and moodiness. Neglecting treatment could lead to serious health problems such as heart problems and more severe thyroid conditions.
The thyroid could have the opposite problem and produce too little thyroid hormone. This is called hypothyroidism. Without enough thyroid hormone, the body’s metabolism slows down. Symptoms of this can include dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, and constipation.
Sometimes the thyroid can be subject to nodules. Thyroid nodules are lumps that form within the thyroid. Thyroid nodules can either be solid, fluid-filled, or a combination of solid and fluid-filled. Most thyroid nodules are not life-threatening and don’t cause any symptoms. In fact, over 90% of thyroid nodules are benign or noncancerous. On the other hand, some thyroid nodules may grow large enough to make it difficult to swallow or can be seen on the neck.
If you have any thyroid nodules, contact your doctor right away. A Melbourne Fl ENT doctor such as Dr. James Go, will ask you about your symptoms, family history, and do a physical exam which could include blood tests to check your thyroid hormones levels, or an ultrasound. He will discuss with you personalized treatment options based on your symptoms and medical history.
Although the effects of thyroid nodules can be unpleasant or uncomfortable if ignored, most thyroid nodules can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated. If you suspect you may have a thyroid nodule, or have questions about treatment options or any other non-emergency ear, nose, or throat concerns, Dr. Go can be seen at his office located at 2290 West Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 110, Melbourne, Florida 32935 or reached at 321-421-7555.