Just wondering if boils or cystic style acne in the groin, thigh or buttocks are a symptom of hypothyroidism or Autoimmune disease like Hashimoto's??? Have not spoken to Endocrinologist about it yet, but just before confirmed dx of Hashimotos,I had one and went to Ob/Gyn and she just lanced/squeezed it!!!! Said it was a cyst, and to wash area with salt water.....Now getting them more frequently, so salt ain't gonna cut it LOL....Any ideas???
Thanks for the contact!!!! I have done a little research about the boils, and have found a link between pituitary disorders, thyroid and autoimmune disease....I will keep <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/hammer.gif"> for an answer, but thanks for the reply!!!
Have found quite a few sites, with thyroid - boil connection....Here are two basic ones! [IMG]http://removed by Sandy
P.S.: Have been tested for cushings - negative MRI/Cortisol came down after 2 high serum tests...
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"A boil may be caused ...a toxic bowel and bloodstream, or thyroid disorders......or immune depression. Boils most often appear on the scalp, buttocks, face, and underarms, but may occur anywhere on the body.
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If you are getting lots of them, it is a good idea to have blood tests to check your thyroid function and blood sugar levels.
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from what I read, it says to cccheck for possible thyroid problems, and so the boils would have been related to Cushings, not general hyper or hypothyroidism, because that is the thyroid imbalance that causes skin outbreaks.
I thought this was particularly interesting:
"Absolutely cut out refined wheat and sugar products such as bread, pasta,sweets, chocolate, ice-cream, biscuits etc and drink at least 6 glassses of water daily (preferably purified)."
However, she was answering about "staph" infections.
Have you had yours swab tested to see what is causing them? You may need an antibiotic. If you do, be sure to take acidophilis to rebalance the good bacteria that will be killed with the bad bacteria.
She also mentioned getting our immune system up.
We need A, B, C, D, and E for that, and are you taking any selenium?
I think too much sugar is the culprit in my case.
I have been getting an occasional tiny skin infection on my stomach. OK, so I will back off the suagr!
Let me know if you get tested and what you find out.
BTW, you may want to take those websites off your post, as they definitely sell products. TF
SandyC, thank God! I thought it was only me. I am getting boils and cysts on my buttocks and thighs too. I even went in to OB/GYN when I was pregnant since one was so big. I was probably starting to go hypo then... But I have one now. Left buttock. I say it must be a sign. Let me know what you find out.
SandyC tested negative for Cushings, and I am sure that Cushings was the thyroid imbalance the writer was referring to. The pharmacist that recommended having thyroid tests if one has staph boils should not have been so vague. I am positive that except for immune system inadequacies that often go along with thyroid imbalance, that boils are not directly related to being hypo or hyper.
Try building up your immune system, cut back on sugars, drink plenty of water and get regular exercise. The skin is an elimination organ. If it is not functioning right, waste builds up in it. Keep the pores open with occasional tub soaks. TF
TreeFrog thanks for the advice, I will follow up on immune system problems!! I do have insulin resistance which Endocrinologist believes is tied in with thyroid/pituitary/ abnormals!!! So we are waiting for thyroid to get under control to act on the rest of my abnormals from blood work.
Miller93 , I did find more information about boils, and thyroid connection on Mary Shomon's website.
Even though they mention both boils and thyroid imbalances in the same article,
to me this is the key part of the article about the boils:
" The condition occurs when apocrine gland outlets become blocked by perspiration or are unable to drain normally because of incomplete gland development. Secretions trapped in the glands force perspiration and bacteria into surrounding tissue, causing subcutaneous induration, inflammation, and infection.
Hidradenitis suppurativa is confined to areas of the body that contain apocrine glands. These areas are the axillae, areola of the nipple, groin, perineum, circumanal, and periumbilical regions.
In the US: The problem is very common, but the precise incidence and prevalence are unknown. "
There is no known direct link between the boils and the thyroid imbalances.
I too was not sure about the connection, but my Endocrinologist finally called back after my query and swears it is from the Hashimoto's. (Autoimmune part of thyroid disease). I will print this out and show him, because I am tired of the darn boils!!!!! Perhaps there is another answer to my whole problem!!!