Autism Treatment – Hyperkeratosis Pilaris and Autism

Posted on 11 November 2010 by admin

Causes of Hyperkeratosis in Autism Treatment

I’ve seen a lot of kids in autism treatment over the years who have what’s called Hyperkeratosis Pilaris and this is where they get the chicken skin essentially on the back of the arms, sometimes the cheeks, on the upper thighs, and it’s been thought that this might be associated with an accumulation of skin cells in those areas that may have a hereditary factor. You can get something called a buff puff pad and rub it on the cheek or rub it on the skin and that seems to help. But there’s also a feeling in autism treatment that it may have to do with the inability to convert beta carotene to vitamin A brought on possibly by low thyroid function.

So hypothyroidism may be a contributing factor to Hyperkeratosis Pilaris. One of the things you can do from the testing standpoint, if your child is doing blood tests, is do a couple different things. One is run a TSH test, a thyroid stimulating hormone, the other is to run a free T3 and a free T4. And what we’d like to see is those values, the T4 and the T3, particularly the T3, to be somewhere in the upper two thirds of normal range for optimal thyroid function. Now, there are other more costly and invasive thyroid assessments which can be done which tend to show the overall function of the hypothalamus and the pituitary connection, difficult to do just in the standard lab setting, so the TSH, free T3, free T4 is not a bad way to go.

And of course you have to correlate it with symptoms I mean if you see Hyperkeratosis Pilaris in conjunction maybe with a child who has constipation, who has cold body temperature, low core body temperature, their hands are always cold, their feet generally tend to be cool, you may be dealing with a low thyroid function for your child. And sometimes taking thyroid medication, I like to use something called Armorthyroid which is a more natural thyroid and replace thyroid that way as is opposed to taking something that’s more synthetic in the beginning anyway to try to bolster thyroid function can be very appropriate. In many kids it can definitely help and improve their overall metabolism, brain function, etc as autism treatment. So again, Hyperkeratosis Pilaris in autism treatment can be an indicator of low thyroid function, something worth checking out through blood testing.

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