Because the addition of iodine to table salt USA has experienced a reduction in medical conditions caused by iodine deficiencies. Still some experts predict a rising trend in thyroid problems because of the trend toward consumption of natural salts and sodium-free diets that completely restrict salt intake. To identify an iodine deficiency
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Feel the front of your neck. The most common symptom of an iodine deficiency is an enlarged thyroid gland often so swollen it noticeably sticking. Called a goiter this happens swelling routinely in people from geographic areas outside the United States where the soil is iodine-depleted and no alternative source of iodine is available. The goiter may or may not be painful.
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Notice any increased difficulty swallowing soft food that you once swallowed easily. In some cases sticking a swollen goiter inward pressing the esophagus and hinders your ability to swallow. This is a sign that you should seek immediate medical attention.
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Listen to the sound of your breath. Pressure on the trachea by thyroid swollen as a result of an iodine deficiency can cause wheezing and increased snoring. In addition you cough more and feel pressure in the throat area.
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Undergo a thyroid scan or an ultrasound of the thyroid to determine the presence of swelling. Your doctor will also feel your neck as you swallow. Having found a swollen gland a biopsy test rule out malignancy.
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Tell your doctor if you have signs of hypothyroidism which include fatigue muscle weakness muscle pain depression and intolerance to cold. If an iodine deficiency is severe you may also experience a thinning of the outer part of the eyebrows and a thickening of the skin.
Tips and Warnings
Ask your doctor about iodine supplements if you are on a salt-restricted diet.
See your doctor if you have symptoms of an iodine deficiency.