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Old 06-09-2006, 01:55 PM   #1
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Exclamation swollen throat due to allergies

i'm going to try to explain this the best that I can.

I am 21 and just started getting season allergies two years ago - this is the third year i've had them. This year, it started out at the same time and the same as always. Sneezing a lot, stuffy head, nose running constantly and just a little dizzy. Well the other day, my mother was burning some old hay after cleaning out the barn and after being around it for just a couple of minutes, I went into the house and my throat started swelling up. Not enough to make me gasp for air, but enough so i could feel almost a lump in my throat when I would swallow saliva. I took 1 benadryl pill and it took care of it.

Now, i'm on a regular dosage of taking benadryl around the clock, and my sneezing and all regular symptoms are gone, but i still have a lumpish thing in my throat. I don't have any trouble breathing, but swallowing can be rough and it scares me. I should mention i have hypothyroidism and I'm beggining to think it's my goiter that is enlarged. But can the alergies have an affect on my goiter? Should I see a doctor if it doesn't clear up soon? Thanks.

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Old 06-09-2006, 02:14 PM   #2
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Re: swollen throat due to allergies

Did you have a runny nose at the time? Perhaps post nasal drip has iritated your throat and caused some swelling...

Old 06-09-2006, 07:23 PM   #3
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Re: swollen throat due to allergies

My allergies made my tonsils swell up. They are now constantly swollen. When I get sick, or my allergies really start acting up, my tonsils touch and I can barely swallow. Go to the doctors and see if they can put you on something. My allergies started when I was 19, and only seasonal. Now I have them year round and to EVERYTHING!!!

Old 06-10-2006, 10:10 AM   #4
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Re: swollen throat due to allergies

Hi Farrier,

Your thyroid gland is full of mast cells. Whenever we are exposed to allergens, mast cells throughout our body dump histamine in response. The histamine dumped pulls in fluid & leads to swelling. So, ya, allergies can have an effect on a pre-existing goiter.

Have you tried taking a daily antihistamine like Claritin to head off the allergic response?

Undertreated hypothyroid can predispose you to developing allergies. Many people with low thyroid are undermedicated because the majority of docs use only the TSH test to guide level of medication. It is more helpful to the patient if levels of the free thyroid hormones are tested. Too many docs are using old standards for TSH as well. The current normal range for TSH is 0.3 to 2.5 ... but many labs are still using the old range that goes to 5.0.

Have you had an ultrasound of your goiter, and do you know whether you have thyroid antibodies? That is important information for proper treatment.

IMO, it is more impt to adequately diagnose & treat the thyroid problem than it is to just look at the short-term allergy picture.

Best wishes.

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