The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, just above the collarbone. It is one of the endocrine glands that produce hormones.
Thyroid hormones control the rhythm of many body activities. These include the rate at which calories are burned and how fast the heart beats.
All these activities make up the body’s metabolism.
Many people have problems with the thyroid gland and are not even aware of them. Frequent obesity or inability to lose weight indicates a malfunction of the thyroid gland .
It can be a serious problem if it is not detected early or if it is not treated properly. If you have some similar symptoms, you do not have to go to the doctor right away, you can first do your own home test, which will tell you what to do next.
This test is very simple and is known as Barney’s test:
All you need is a thermometer. First, shake it well and make sure it does not show a temperature above 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).
Leave it on your bedside table next to the bed and the first thing you will do when you wake up in the morning is put it in the armpit, without having any clothes. You should leave the thermometer for about 10 minutes and record the temperature. Depending on the outcome, there are different diagnoses.
If your temperature is between 36.5 ° C (97.7 ° F) and 36.8 ° C (98.2 ° F) , the thyroid gland is functioning normally.
If your temperature is below 36.5 ° C (97.7 ° F) , then the work of the thyroid gland is slower. The symptoms are: depression, lack of energy, fatigue, infections, chronic headaches, hair loss, lack of concentration and memory.
If your temperature is above 36.8 ° C (98.2 ° F) , then the thyroid gland is working faster or could have an infection in the body.
To ensure accuracy of the result, you must repeat the test three days in a row. If your temperature is above or below the allowed limit, it is best that you contact your doctor.