Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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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
    • Kelp
    • Squid
    • Shrimp
    • Crab
    • Lobster
    • Clams
    • Oysters
    • Asparagus
  • 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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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Grave's Disease References
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