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Covid Vaccine
Last Post 05 Apr 2021 12:39 PM by Elaine Moore. 1 Replies.
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rajarajaUser is Offline New Member New Member Posts:
02 Apr 2021 07:11 PM
    Hi Elaine,
    I am eligible for Astra/Oxford vaccine. Although my hormone levels are normal so far (except TSH), TRAb last month was 31.3 (<=1.8IU/L). Mild TED has started to appear (dry, gritty, heavy eyelid etc.). Will the surge in antibodies due to vaccine make TED very bad? What precautions should I take?

    I am taking Selenium (100mg) and Acetyl-L-carnitine (1g) daily, hoping to reduce thyroid antibodies. Will this reduce Covid antibodies as well? Do I need to stop taking them? Thank you.
    Elaine MooreUser is Offline Veteran Member Veteran Member Posts:3607
    05 Apr 2021 12:39 PM
    Your TRAb level will likely rise after the vaccine. Taking 200 mcg of selenium and 2 grams of aceryl-l-carnitine may help without lowering Covid antibodies.
    There hasn’t been enough research on the effects on thyroid antibodies to say how this will affect TED. You might want to check with your ophthalmologist and see if you should wait on the vaccine until you can lower thyroid antibodies. Like if you have seasonal allergies you’d want to get them in good control and you’d want to avoid all environmental triggers like excess dietary iodine, cigarette smoke, artificial sweeteners, food allergens etc.
    most reports of increased thyroid antibodies are based on the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines so it,s possible that astra’s vaccine could cause a greater or lower thyroid antibody effect.
    Best to you, Elaine
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