Having a thyroid hormone imbalance can affect your health in numerous ways, from weight changes and hair and skin problems to fatigue and depression. If you need thyroid treatment, the team at Advantage ENT can help. At their offices in Arvada, the northern part of Westminster, and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, the board-certified otolaryngologists offer expert treatment for the causes of thyroid hormone imbalance, including surgery to remove masses. For the best thyroid treatment, call the Advantage ENT office nearest you or request an appointment online today.
You might require thyroid treatment if you have a thyroid gland disorder. Your thyroid gland sits at the base of your neck, on the front. It forms a butterfly shape, having two lobes joined by a thin band of connective tissue called the isthmus.
Thyroid hormones are responsible for certain vital bodily functions, including metabolism, growth and development, brain development, and body temperature.
If your thyroid produces too much or too little of these hormones, it can have a serious effect on your health. Without treatment, thyroid disease is potentially life-threatening.
Thyroid conditions include:
If you have hyperthyroidism, it means you have high levels of thyroid hormones in your body. If you have hypothyroidism, it means your thyroid hormone levels are too low.
Some hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism symptoms are similar, for example, hair loss, skin problems, depression, and anxiety; others differ. If you have hyperthyroidism, which speeds up your body's functions, you might experience:
Hypothyroidism slows your body's systems down, so it tends to cause fatigue, weight gain, a slow heart rate, constipation, and memory problems.
Your provider at 7 conducts a physical examination of your neck to look for a goiter or cancerous tumor. You may then undergo diagnostic imaging tests such as a CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI, to get a more detailed picture of the mass.
Blood tests can measure the levels of thyroid hormones in your blood to see if you have too much or too little.
If you have an underactive thyroid, you can take substitute hormones to get back to a healthy level. You need to be on the medication and have regular checkups for the rest of your life, but you should otherwise enjoy good health.
Advantage ENT specializes in treating growths in the thyroid gland. The application of radioactive iodine or radiation therapy can reduce an enlarged thyroid gland, but sometimes surgery to remove the growth or part or all of the gland is the best option.
To benefit from the Advantage ENT team's experience in thyroid treatments, call their office or request an appointment online today.