GOITER: Symptoms | Treatment | Expert Homeopathy

Goiter

Goiter disease

Goiter is an enlarged thyroid. We can say, it's also swelling within the neck for the enlarged thyroid and not functioning properly. the thyroid is an important gland in our body, it maintains maximum metabolism in our body. When active iodine T3 doesn't produce properly resulting goiter.


Classification

Endemic Goiter thanks to deficiency of iodine.

Toxic Goiter- it's diffuse toxic goiter for the formation of antibodies against thyroid which results in increased hormone production and is also called Grave's disease.

Toxic nodular goiter

Neoplastic goiter- it's benign and malignant

Thyroiditis

Granulomatous thyroiditis

Auto-immune thyroiditis


Symptoms

The main symptom is an enlarged thyroid gland. The size may range from one small tip to a large one in front of the neck.

Some people with mild goiter may have symptoms of dysfunctional thyroid disease.

In rare cases, an enlarged thyroid can put pressure on the windpipe (trachea) and the esophagus. This can lead to:
  • Difficulty breathing (with very high goiters), especially when lying on your back or reaching upwards with your arms
  • Cough
  • Inconvenience
  • Swallowing weight, especially with solid foods
  • Pain in the throat area


Investigation

To ascertain the character and sort of goiter
X-ray of the neck and thoracic inlet will indicate the presence of a goiter of serious size.

Ultrasonography of the thyroid

Biopsy of the thyroid

Scan

MRI


Treatment

Goiter needs to be treated only if it causes symptoms.

Extended thyroid treatments include:
  • Thyroid chemical substitution pills in case goiter is because of an underactive thyroid
  • Low iodine iodine deficiency or potassium iodine solution if goiter is due to iodine deficiency
  • Radiated iodine to reduce hunger when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone
  • Medical procedure (thyroidectomy) to eliminate all or part of the organ 


Homeopathic Medicine

Thyroidinum- When simple goiter is soft and this medicine is made for fresh sheep's thyroid extract.

Iodine- it's another valuable medicine for this disease. When the patient is in dark-complexioned with dark eyes, feels heat whenever, cachectic but ravenous hungry.

Calc. Carb- In pale subjects of sentimental fiber with cold moist feet, tendency to grow fat, this medicine is extremely helpful

Spongia- In old goiter, use with constitutional medicine is extremely effective.

NB: Physician's consultation is usually got priority.


Is it curable?

Simple goiter can disappear on its own, or it can be severe. In time, the thyroid gland may fail to produce enough thyroid hormone. This condition is called hypothyroidism.

In some cases, goiter becomes malignant and produces thyroid hormone alone. This can cause significant degrees of thyroid chemical, a condition called hyperthyroidism.

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