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Connection between hypothyroidism and sinus infections?

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5,688 words with 14 Comments; publish: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 15:48:00 GMT; (90062.50, « »)

Hey, all-

I've read in the info archive here that there's a connection between hypoT and sinus infections. I'm hypo and have always had more than my share of sinusitis (in fact, I'm in the midst of a nasty infection right now). Does anyone know what this connection is, exactly? I mean, why would an underactive thyroid cause increased susceptibility to sinus infections?

Thanks in advance for any info.

(Insert "feeling blechy" emoticon here),

LT

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    • I, too, would love an answer to this. And does it improve after thyroidectomy?
      #1; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:52:00 GMT
    • I wish I knew. I am beginning to think (and have heard) that your thyroid affects EVERYTHING!!!! I too have had lots of sinus infections and would also appreciate any info anyone on the board could give.
      #2; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:53:00 GMT
    • ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sure it's connected! ~ everything is! lol
      #3; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:54:00 GMT
    • I'm even sure my in-laws are connected to my thyroid! ROFLMAO! :dizzy:
      #4; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:55:00 GMT
    • I had lots of sinus infections with Graves. Less with hypothyroidism. Can't understand it. More prone to allergies maybe? :confused:
      #5; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:56:00 GMT
    • Why signs and symptoms occur has fascinated me ever since I was diagnosed. I've found some really good scientific explanations for most of them, but sinus trouble is one that I haven't been able to find a definitive reason for... and believe me, I've looked hard.

      I'm guessing here, and I admit it, but I think this explanation makes sense:

      I think what happens is that the edema (mucosal swelling due to water and salt retention) commonly seen in hypoT swells the tiny openings between the sinuses and throat, partially clogging them so that the sinuses can't drain the way they're supposed to. The retained mucus and other debris stagnates, and infection sets in. Also, low thyroid function is known to lower immunity, so resistance to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections is reduced. The combination of clogged sinus passages and poor immunity practically guarantees trouble.

      That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it until I find something I can hang my hat on. ;)

      #6; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:57:00 GMT
    • Midwest, that sounds like a very good theory to me. :wave:
      #7; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:58:00 GMT
    • I'm even sure my in-laws are connected to my thyroid! ROFLMAO! :dizzy:

      LOL! :D

      I had lots of sinus infections with Graves. Less with hypothyroidism. Can't understand it. More prone to allergies maybe? :confused:

      Hi Lady,

      I'd always attributed my sinus infections to allergies (I have allergies and asthma), but then I came to this board and read how common sinusitis is in people with hypoT. I'm starting to go along with Benzi's theory that thyroid disease affects/causes everything.

      I'm guessing here, and I admit it, but I think this explanation makes sense:

      I think what happens is that the edema (mucosal swelling due to water and salt retention) commonly seen in hypoT swells the tiny openings between the sinuses and throat, partially clogging them so that the sinuses can't drain the way they're supposed to. The retained mucus and other debris stagnates, and infection sets in. Also, low thyroid function is known to lower immunity, so resistance to viral, bacterial, and fungal infections is reduced. The combination of clogged sinus passages and poor immunity practically guarantees trouble.

      Hi Midwest,

      This theory makes sense to me as well. If you find something else on which to hang your hat, please let us know. :cool:

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      Thanks, all, for your replies. :)

      #8; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 23:59:00 GMT
    • oh my, when I was sinusy all the time, I never knew why...then I got my thyroid out and kaboom! haven't gotten sick once...goodbye year round throat soreness...

      blue

      #9; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:00:00 GMT
    • Yes get the thyroid out. Then, you won't have any sinus problems. I wish that is what I had done. :wave:
      #10; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:01:00 GMT
    • Yes get the thyroid out. Then, you won't have any sinus problems. I wish that is what I had done.I can't let this comment go unchallenged.

      Maybe a thyroidectomy would solve the sinus issue, but quite possibly it wouldn't. It's easy to blame every health problem you have on thyroid, because we know how it theoretically can affect every body system. But that doesn't mean thyroid does affect every body system in every person.

      IF a sign or symptom is caused by thyroid, treating the thyroid will correct the problem. But if the cause isn't due to a faulty thyroid, removing it won't solve a thing... and could create a lot more problems of its own.

      #11; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:02:00 GMT
    • Well I can't challenge you on this because I know you are definitely right Midwest. I am too chicken to get mine taken out anyway. LOL :D

      How can I challenge an expert? LOL LOL :D

      #12; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:03:00 GMT
    • Oh Lady... I must apologize for my poor choice of the word "unchallenged". It sounds so confrontational... yikes... didn't mean to sound so nasty. I should have used a gentler term, like... like... oh heck, can't think of anything right now... But I hope you know what I mean.

      Yeah, I feel like you do about any surgery, no matter how minor. Seems like many of the folks I know who've had various kinds of surgery have had even more problems afterward. I'd have to think lo-o-nnng and hard about letting anyone cut on me. {{{shiver}}}

      #13; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:04:00 GMT
    • I had lots of sunus infections until I had my over-active thyroid removed, then no more sinus troubles. Since I had wisdom teeth removed at nearly the same time, I had attributed my improved sinus health to that. Now I am wondering about the thyroid connection. Now that I am newly diagnosed with Addison's, I affirm that everything is connected to thyroid.
      #14; Mon, 17 Dec 2007 00:05:00 GMT