We often focus so much on the outer layers of the skin and the harsh damage eczema can cause. But one area we really should talk about is how eczema and other autoimmune diseases can cause thyroids issues. Here are 3 important tips when it comes to eczema and thyroid conditions:
Having an autoimmune disease can sometimes cause hypothyroidism. If you are prone to dry skin, this can be a little bit tricky. However, not impossible to detect. With hypothyroidism, the skin might form myxedema which often leads to swelling and redness in the form of a rash. Myxedema is formed when the body is at its whits end due to the changes of hypothyroidism. It’s a severe condition that requires immediate medical attention This rash is significantly different than eczema and medical professionals (or google) will be able to help you distinguish the two.
According to the American Thyroid Association, around 20 million people have thyroid issues. Unfortunately, 60% of these people aren’t aware that of their thyroid issues. For those with eczema, your thyroid can offset your hormonal balance causing your eczema to wreak havoc and result in severe flare-ups. Additionally, having a thyroid condition go undiagnosed could lead to major complications such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility.
Women are 5 to 8 times more likely to develop a thyroid condition then men are. Also, there are many different thyroid conditions you have to look out for such hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Graves disease, Hashimoto’s disease, thyroid cancer, and so much more. Which is why it’s important to go to the doctor and get a regular check-up.
Some symptoms of thyroid conditions include:
- Extreme fatigue
- Puffy eyes
- Increased heart rate
- Dry sky
- Weakness and achy muscles and joints
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hair loss
- Hard time focusing and concentrating
- Irregular periods and/or heavy periods
While we don’t know for sure, having thyroid issues can play a huge part in your eczema. Explaining the unexplained when it comes to awful flare-ups. It’s important to not only factor in your eczema external triggers, such as the environment and allergens. But also consider your internal triggers like your thyroid glands, which are important when it comes to hormonal balance.
If you believe you have thyroid issues, you should schedule a mandatory meeting with your doctor for proper diagnosis.
Sources: https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/press-room/ https://flawlessprogram.com/thyroid-and-eczema-the-importance-of-balancing-hormones/ https://www.naturalendocrinesolutions.com/articles/how-to-overcome-eczema-in-graves-disease-and-hashimotos/ https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hypothyroidism-symptoms#section7 https://www.healthline.com/health/myxedema#symptoms