Face, Neck and Throat
Spokane Valley ENT can diagnose and treat the symptoms of an under-active thyroid.
The thyroid is a hormonal gland that controls the body’s metabolism, makes proteins, and affects the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. It is located in the neck below the thyroid cartilage, also known as the Adam's apple in men.
Hypothyroidism is a disorder caused by the thyroid not producing enough thyroid hormones. About three percent of the general population has this condition. Factors such as iodine deficiency or exposure to Iodine-131 can increase that risk. Postpartum, heredity, and antidepressants may also contribute to development of the disease.
If you are experiencing symptoms of an under-active thyroid, visit a Spokane Valley ENT physician for diagnostic testing and treatment options.
Illustration of the Thyroid System
General Hypothyroidism symptoms
Symptoms of an under-active thyroid can include:
- Feeling cold
- Poor muscle tone
- Weight gain
- Dry, itchy skin
- Poor hearing
- Hoarse voice
- Shortness of breath
- Poor memory and concentration