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What Is Hashimotos Thyroiditis?
Hashimotos thyroiditis is a condition where your immune system attacks your thyroid. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which helps produce the hormones that control a lot of your functions. It can primarily affect middle-aged women but can occur in both men and women at any age, even children. Doctors will test your thyroid function in order to detect Hashimotos thyroiditis. Treatment will usually involve a thyroid hormone replacement that can be effective and simple. Doctors aren’t sure what causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland. Some believe bacteria or a virus could trigger the response, while others believe it could be a genetic flaw.
You may not notice any symptoms at first. This condition usually will progress slowly over the years and cause chronic damage, leading to a drop in the hormone levels. It’s important to see a doctor if you develop tiredness for no apparent reason, pale puffy face, constipation, or dry skin.