This particular concept has been beautifully explained in one of Stephen King’s finest works, 11/22/63. The butterfly effect is a theory where small things can have a chaotic impact on a complex system. The concept in the novel is described in a way where a butterfly flaps its wings and causes a hurricane. Same is true about thyroid – Thyroid Gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that is situated in the base of the neck. This organ may be small, but it has a walloping impact.
Let’s start with a simple question. What does your thyroid do?
The real question is what your thyroid cannot do? Thyroid gland secretes hormones that affect pretty much everything that your body does e.g.
You’ll be amazed when you realise just how many difficulties can arise with a thyroid imbalance, right from severe mood variations to serious weight changes to changes in heart rate and more.
But wait, how is Thyroid related to your skin anyway?
Albeit your thyroid gland sits deep in your neck, your dermatologist would probably be one of the first doctors to notice signs that are related to thyroid disorder. That’s because many signs and symptoms of thyroid disease develop on the epidermis (skin, hair and nails).
The skin is actually the biggest organ of your body and hence gets affected by a lot many things. An imbalance in hormones can lead to the development of symptoms on your skin as well as other parts of the body.
I am going to list down symptoms of thyroid imbalance that one should watch out for and if need be consult a specialist who may order tests and determine the exact cause.
A condition of an under active thyroid, medically known as hypothyroidism occurs when the gland doesn’t secrete enough thyroid hormone to regulate metabolism, causing various bodily functions to become sluggish.
Hyperthyroid is a condition where an overactive thyroid secretes too much thyroid hormone. This too can cause enough problems.
I know that fighting a chronic illness isn’t easy. The good news is that, between medications and tweaking up your lifestyle you can make a lot of difference.
Most of the above-mentioned signs are reversible post-correction of thyroid imbalance and others need specific treatment, but it still can be controlled.
The thing about the butterfly effect is that it applies to the good things in life too. Making small incremental changes to your lifestyle and keeping a track of the small changes in your body will definitely help you lead a long and healthy life.
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This article is one in a series of articles on skin conditions by Dr. Sejal Saheta – MD, DNB – Dermatology and Venereology. The objective of this series is to educate the reader and help them take precautions against various skin conditions they come across on an everyday basis. These articles are not meant to be used by patients for self-diagnosis or for avoiding proper medical treatment.