Many people do not associate an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor with thyroid issues. However, problems with the thyroid, such as thyroid nodules, are commonly seen by ENTs. After all, the thyroid is located in the throat, and ENTs are throat experts!
Can ENT doctor check thyroid?
Depending on the type of nodule and related symptoms, different treatment options may be appropriate. In some cases, thyroid surgery is needed. Your endocrinologist or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, or otolaryngologist, may order or perform: Thyroid function tests, including thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)
What is the best doctor to see for thyroid problems?
Even within the community of endocrinologists there are doctors that obtain additional training in the study of the thyroid. We often refer to ourselves as thyroidologists. Thyroidologists are endocrinologists who specifically study, diagnose, manage and treat the thyroid gland.
Should I go to an ENT for thyroid?
Single Thyroid Nodule or Dominant Thyroid Nodule
Patients would typically be referred to an otolaryngologist with experience in head and neck surgery to evaluate the nodule and to determine if a biopsy and possibly surgical removal is appropriate.
Can a doctor prescribe thyroid medication?
To treat hypothyroidism, your doctor will prescribe the synthetic thyroid hormone, levothyroxine. This medicine increases your thyroid hormone levels to relieve symptoms like fatigue, cold sensitivity, and weight gain. To get the most from your thyroid medicine, you need to take it correctly.
What type of doctor is an endocrinologist?
Endocrinology is a subspecialty of internal medicine. Endocrinologists are medical doctors who have specifically trained in the tools and techniques needed to diagnose and treat endocrine disorders. After completing four years of college, endocrinologists go through medical school.
What is difference between ENT and Otolaryngology?
In other words, there is no difference between an otolaryngologist and ENT. They are one and the same, with the latter being the shorthand version that’s much easier to recall and pronounce. Another example is the gastroenterologist, commonly known as the GI.
How can I check my thyroid at home?
Hold the mirror in your hand, focusing on the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck. While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back. Take a drink of water and swallow.
When should you see an endocrinologist?
When you are facing a diagnosis of a hormonal condition, like diabetes or thyroid disease, your doctor may suggest you see an endocrinologist. You may be wondering why you need to see a specialist instead of simply sticking with your primary doctor.
Can Thyroid be cured permanently?
All thyroid diseases can be treated, resulting in normal thyroid function. However, this frequently requires being on medication to maintain the normal thyroid state. For example, most patients with thyroid cancer can be cured through surgery and radioactive iodine treatments (see Thyroid Cancer brochure).
What happens at your first Thyroid ENT appointment?
Depending on the reason for the visit, the ENT will perform a physical and visual examination. This may include looking in your ears, your nose and your throat. Your neck, throat, cheekbones and other areas of your face and head may be palpitated.
What kind of doctor removes thyroid?
Otolaryngologists—or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors—and general surgeons perform thyroid removal.
Is there an over the counter thyroid medicine?
Most thyroid problems need to be treated with prescription medications. Over-the-counter medication may help with some symptoms, but it’s important to proceed with caution. Thyroid problems can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, but relief is available.
Is there a natural thyroid medication?
Desiccated thyroid is a natural preparation, and it was the only treatment for hypothyroidism before levothyroxine was available. It has a characteristic, strong odor. Armour Thyroid is the most common desiccated thyroid.