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RoseTapper

Rash Caused By Iodine In Thyroid Meds

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Okay, I've controlled my DH very well with diet for many years; however, because I really react to iodine, I've avoided every source of it. That, apparently, caused my thyroid to fail beginning list July. Unfortunately, all thyroid meds contain iodine, and that has caused an itchy rash across my upper back (not DH, though, just a regular "allergic type" reaction), a constant sore throat, and an inflamed thyroid. Also, if I encounter even the smallest amount of gluten contamination, I break out in DH all over my face, neck, and sole of my right foot. So.....does anybody have any advice? I've tried N.A.E.T., which supposedly is the only real solution to an iodine allergy, but after five treatments, there has been no improvement. Can anyone suggest a possible remedy for this? Has anyone out there ever had this problem? And, remember, I'm not talking about DH in this specific situation--it's an allergic reaction to iodine. Help, please!!

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Unfortunately I don't have an answer for you. However I do know that your thyroid needs iodine to function (which you probably knew) but the amount is small. Maybe talk to your doctor about dietary sources of iodide in which the amounts are big enough to help your thyroid but not so big to cause a reaction? I don't know how much that helps you. You could also look into compounding pharmacies, that might help to.


Gluten Free since 10/07

Mildly Lactose Intolerant, slight intestinal symptoms after eating milk products, but easily corrected with lactase enzyme

Endometriosis- DX'd 5/07

Gluten Antibodies- "negative"...don't know exact numbers, am highly suspicious...

DXed celiac 12-19-07 via genetics/elimination diet- DQ2 allele

Brother with Celiac, aspergers...his tests were all negative (he didn't have genetics done), including endoscopy, but he definitely is at the least gluten intolerant...highly suspect my mother has it as well- she has hyperthyroid, fibromyalgia, hemochromatosis, and now colon cancer, and she has been weak and exhausted and just generally sick. She's going to get tested.

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