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One of the most common disorders that people complain of is that of the thyroid. Either they could have an undeveloped or an underdeveloped thyroid gland. And there are others whose thyroid glands produce a lot more of the hormone than necessary making the person hyperactive or restless. Thyroid nodule is another issue among some people.

There are other medical fallouts that a person suffering from thyroid disorder should be concerned about. The human immune system falls prey to common ailments among such people. Fungal infections are rare, but they do affect a sizeable population of people with thyroid trouble. Underactive thyroid gland could cause fungal infections of the scalp. This could lead to hair loss, itchy scalp, dandruff, and even psoriasis in some uncommon cases. Sometimes, this excessive loss of hair is what leads a person to believe that he or she is suffering from a low thyroid condition. People who have leukaemia or auto-immune disease are more likely to have hypothyroidism and hence fungal infections.

Fungal infection could also affect nail, skin, and the mucous membrane. Redness, flaking, and severe itching could be some of the symptoms of fungal contamination. The person has very low tolerance to diseases caused by Candida albicans and in extreme cases this could prove to be fatal. There could be a rash on the skin and it could even be discoloured. If it’s a simple skin infection, then topical solutions and ointments are recommended. To guarantee that there are no other major associated complications, the doctor could advise Thyroid function tests such as TSH and Total T4. Sometimes, even low vitamin A, increase in the carotene level, or abnormally high cholesterol could indicate hypothyroidism. This in turn would make the person more prone to fungal infections. Fungal infections affect the endocrine organs and also the metabolism rate. This is why a person could become tired very easily. Some fungi cause thyroid enlargement and due to the obstruction of the trachea, fatal respiratory failure could also occur. Normal functioning of the Pancreas could be hindered.

Anti-fungal medicines, those against yeast, could lead to hypothyroidism being cured. In such cases, thyroid supplements in the form of desiccated thyroid, glandular thyroid extract or even thyroid drops could make the condition better. Goitre generally caused by iodine deficiency is aggravated by fungal infections. It’s vital that the thyroid problem is identified early on; with medical supervision that includes special medication and a diet plan, this condition can be overcome. Especially since the immune system becomes weak and fungal infections could set in, it’s all the more important that thyroid disorders are overcome.

Food that could be affected by fungi should be thoroughly cleaned. Any food that has run out of its shelf life must be discarded immediately. Biscuits, cereal, pickles, and even vegetables that have been stored for too long must not be consumed. This is also why you must exercise care when you’re getting food items from the supermarket; check to see if they are beyond the expiry date. Iodine must be consumed as a supplement if you aren’t getting enough of it in your food. There are diets that have been devised for people who are suffering from thyroid conditions due to fungal infections. Organic and fresh vegetables and fruits help as they are least likely to be affected by fungus attacks. Some additional intake of minerals and vitamins may be advised.

Even though the effects of fungal infections on thyroid behaviour are being studied, it’s obvious that a dysfunctional thyroid has negative implications on the human body; it’s thus sensible to keep fungal diseases at bay.

Source by Helena Ederveen

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