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Goiter: Common Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments


A goiter is a condition that people won’t find very swell, as it actually causes enlargement of your thyroid gland and swelling of your neck. Along with the enlarged gland, there are a number of other possible symptoms that accompany goiters.

While a goiter is not usually dangerous or painful, it can still interfere with certain functions, and your doctor may want to investigate further for possible treatment. Let’s take a look at 14 things to know about goiters…

1. Defining a Goiter

As we noted, a goiter is the enlargement of your thyroid gland, located at the base of your neck and responsible for a number of bodily functions. The swelling of this important gland will also be visible as swelling of the neck in some cases, while others it won’t be noticeable, explains the Mayo Clinic.

There are various reasons you may develop a goiter, and 1-of them is a lack of iodine in the diet – although that’s not a big problem in the U.S., as iodine is added to salt.

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