A goiter is a condition that people don’t want, as it actually causes enlargement of your thyroid gland, which manifests as swelling of your neck. Along with the enlarged gland, there are a number of other possible symptoms that accompany goiter.
While a goiter is not usually dangerous or painful, it can still sometimes interfere with certain bodily functions (e.g., swallowing). As a result, your doctor may want to investigate the situation further for possible treatment. Let’s take a look at 14 things to know about goiter…
Defining a Goiter
As we noted, a goiter is the enlargement of your thyroid gland, which is located at the base of your neck and is responsible for a number of bodily functions. The enlargement of this important gland will also be visible as swelling of the neck in some cases, while in other cases, it won’t be noticeable, explains the Mayo Clinic.
There are various reasons you may develop a goiter, and one 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).