Grave's Disease Home Care
Home care for Grave's disease includes:
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Avoid diet pills.
- Avoid decongestants:
- Avoiding iodine-rich foods may influence the remission rate following anti-thyroid medications. Iodine-rich foods to avoid include:
- Iodized salt
- Take your prescribed medications as directed:
- Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
- Avoid running out of your medication. Refill your prescriptions early.
- Don't stop taking your medication just because you feel better.
- If you feel worse, talk to your doctor before you stop your medication.
- Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
- Do not stop prescription medications without talking to your doctor.
- Learn everything you can about Grave's disease:
- The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
- Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
Grave's Disease Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have Grave's disease and any of the following:
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