Step 1

Look in the mirror, focusing on the lower front area of your neck, above the collarbones, and below the voice box (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.

Step 2

While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back.

Step 3

Take a drink of water and swallow.

Step 4

As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area when you swallow. Don’t confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to collarbone.

Step 5

If you do see any bulges or protrusions in this area, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule that should be checked to determine whether further evaluation is needed.

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