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At its most basic, a goiter is just an enlarged thyroid. Sometimes you can feel it on the side of your neck, and sometimes you cannot. The good news is that in most cases a goiter is benign, but it can cause issues for some people. You may suspect a goiter if you feel a lump or if your neck is a bit tender to touch. Other people notice that they are having issues swallowing. You should always get it checked out if you are suspicious, but in general there are a few symptoms that may point to a goitre.

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1. Visible Swelling in Your Neck

Most people notice that they have a goiter in their neck when they feel an enlarged ball in their neck one day. In most cases a goiter will have been present for quite some time before it is noticed. Putting on sun cream or makeup are two common ways that people notice that they have a goiter on their neck. Usually you cannot see it, but you can feel it if you run your hand over the sides of your neck. The goiter can only be felt from one side of the neck.

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