7 Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease

As the human body ages, it becomes important to keep a sharp eye on your physical health. Signs and symptoms that you might have shoved off as nothing more than a cold in your 20s can now be signs of more serious medical conditions that can impact your daily life and greatly affect your overall health. Many medical conditions will present minor symptoms that take quite some time to develop into more serious symptoms. One of these medical conditions is Hashimoto’s Disease or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s disease most prominently affects middle-aged women, however, like all diseases, it has the ability to affect anyone of any age.

Hashimoto’s Disease is an occurrence in which the immune system attacks the thyroid, a small endocrine gland in your throat that influences aspects such as weight, metabolism, energy, heart function, bone health, and much more. Over time, this disease will cause a degradation of the thyroid gland which will ultimately result in a condition known as hypothyroidism, where the thyroid is underactive in producing the thyroid hormone.

Hashimoto’s disease can be very serious and can quickly cause lasting health effects. The key to ensuring your health is early diagnosis and treatment. And with some of the symptoms of Hashimoto’s being characterized as less serious, it’s that much more important to see your doctor if you are experiencing one or more of these seven typical signs and symptoms.

1. Dry Skin

The first and arguably the most discounted symptom that can come with this disease is having excessively dry skin. This often occurs due to a lack of sufficient hormones and nutrients that the thyroid supplies to the skin cells. With middle-aged women being a predominant procurer of this disease, this symptom often goes without concern as many women believe it to be the result of aging or other factors such as sun exposure.

Something to keep in mind with this and all of these symptoms is that they often seem to come out of nowhere. If your skin is chronically dry and you haven’t done anything else that would cause dry skin (take hot showers, spend a lot of time exposed to direct sunlight, etc.) you may want to consider that something is amiss. In addition, paleness or an obvious change in skin color that persists along with dryness can occur in many people with this disease.

Of course, experiencing only one symptom is rarely an indicator of serious disease, however, it should always be taken seriously. Don’t be afraid to make an appointment with your doctor, as having excessively dry skin is one of the prominent symptoms that sets Hashimoto’s Disease apart from others.