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Warning Signs of Thyroid Problems

How Bad Are Swollen Glands?

How Bad Are Swollen Glands?

With either type of thyroid disease, it's common for the thyroid to swell. An oversized thyroid is called a goiter, and while you may see the inflammation or feel it with your hand, it's rarely painful. People with a goiter can develop a cough or have difficulty swallowing and breathing, but because you don't feel these symptoms in your thyroid, it can be tough to figure out early on that a goiter is the cause.

By Daniel Halperin, published January 25, 2011. Daniel is a freelance writer based in New York City.