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Too Much Iodine?
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Too Much Iodine?

Yesterday I had another episode of neck and facial flushing.  I was at work and just a little stressed from running behind and I turned bright pink and splotchy mainly on my neck.  I also got really overheated and a little shaky.  I wasn't nervous or embarased.  It lasted for about and hour and a half and then went away.  I work as a hairstylist and everyone is asking what's wrong with me.  I had an omlete with cheese and a kiwi for breakfast, a salad with shrimp and vege's, mozerella stick, and banana for lunch and about two hours later had the episode. I know shrimp is high in iodine and maybe eggs and dairy too.  I think I might have had too much iodine and caused my thyroid levels to spike.  I guess I will try to avoid seafood for awhile.  I've been trying to eat healthy and it's backfired.  Soo annoying!   I'm not supposed to get my thyroid levels checked for 6 more weeks, if it happens again I'm calling my DR.  
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Eggs and dairy are not iodine foods, but the shrimp definately is. I would stay away from seafood for a while....it could have possibly been a reaction to the iodine in the shrimp.
The other thing i would ask is if you had recently taken any supplements? It also sounds like a niacin flush too....
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Blood sugar levels dropping can cause that too.
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I had 3 more episodes of flushing that were WAY less severe In the following days.  It always happens and hour or two after eating and I can feel my body heating up.  Then I get the splotchy neck .  I do take a Super B complex vitamin all most everyday.  Maybe I am getting enough in my diet already and should quit taking this.  On two of the days it happened I had steamed asparagus and Brocolli, which are maybe high in B3.  The other day I had a salad with greens and a bunch of vegi's.  One time I think it was alcohol related, which I've had happen in the past.  Thanks for your suggestions. I had never heard of a niacin flush.  Blood sugar could be the cause too.  The body is so complex!
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