Well I have been having skin problems for a while now. It started from dry flaky skin in my eyebrows and a little bit at the front of my hair line, so having been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) I have investigated the link between the two.
It would appear that, with an underactive thyroid like mine it can cause (taken from http://dermnetnz.org/systemic/thyroid.html)
- Cold, pale and dry skin
- Delayed wound healing
- A yellowish hue to the skin due to carotenaemia
- Sparse, brittle hair which comes out in handfuls
- Slow growing ridged and brittle nails
- Myxoedema resulting in puffy eyelids and hands – another presentation of mucinosis.
Well before I started on the medication (levothyroxine) I did have puffy eyelids – very similar to the pre-eclampsia I had when I was pregnant with my second son – and was in need of something to wake me up and focus my mind a bit. However, before the tablets started I didn’t have any of the skin problems listed, now I have this dry flaky skin, and its now getting worse (markedly worse since my tablets went down from 200mcgs to 175mcgs 3 months ago). The skin problems – possibly eczema – have now spread, its going up from my eyebrows and across the middle of my forehead, the bit in my hairline is now bigger and its all down one side of my nose. Its awful, I am never sure how it is going to be from one day to the next, some mornings I wake up and it is looking really red, and if I try and ex-foliate it looks very red and even a bit weapy. I have never been one for wearing make-up and never foundation, so I cannot cover it up (and in fact that may make it worse).
I have to go to the nurse today for my 3 month check since they lowered my medication, so I will probably have to call them later in the week to find out the results. I will ask about this problem that I am having but to be honest, doctors are very unknowledgeable about the side effects of this hypothyroidism and most of the time tell me it is totally unrelated, leaving me not knowing what to do – let alone what the cause is.
I will keep my blog updated with the results of the tests and what the doctor says about my skin problems, just in case it is useful to anyone else who is having this problem.