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What is Hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism refers to a condition in which your overactive thyroid gland produces excessive amount of thyroid hormones that circulate in your blood. It can greatly accelerate your body’s mechanism.

What are the causes of Hyperthyroidism?

Various causes of Hyperthyroidism include:

  • Autoimmune disorder (Grave’s disease)
  • Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules (toxic adenoma, toxic multinodular goiter, Plummer’s disease)
  • Thyroiditis
  • Abnormal secretion of TSH
  • Excessive iodine intake
What are the symptoms of Hyperthyroidism?

The signs and symptoms of Hyperthyroidism are:

  • Sudden weight loss
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
  • Sensitivity to heat Increased bowel movements
  • Tremor (shaking of your hands and fingers)
  • Nervousness & anxiety
  • Tiredness & weakness
  • Decreased concentration
  • Changes in menstrual patterns
  • Brittle hair
How can Hyperthyroidism be treated?

Treatment for Hyperthyroidism usually involves:

  • Radioactive iodine taken by mouth
  • Anti-thyroid medications
  • Beta blockers
  • Surgery (thyroidectomy)