Hyperthyroidism occurs when the gland produces too much thyroxine, which can cause a rapid metabolism, unintended weight loss, and a fast and irregular heartbeat.
There are many methods of treating hyperthyroidism. Doctors use anti-thyroid drugs and radioactive iodine to slow down thyroid hormone production. Sometimes the treatment includes surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid gland.
Although hyperthyroidism can be dangerous if you ignore it, most people respond well once the condition is diagnosed and treated.
Hyperthyroidism can mimic other health problems, which may make it difficult for your doctor to diagnose them.It can also cause a wide range of signs and symptoms, including:
Unintended weight loss
Abnormal heart rhythm
Nervousness, anxiety and irritability
Changes in menstrual patterns
Excessive sensitivity to heat
Changes in bowel movement patterns
An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter)
Fatigue, muscle weakness
Thinning of the skin
Thin and brittle hair
Older adults are likely to have no subtle signs, symptoms, or symptoms, such as increased heart rate, heat intolerance, and feeling tired during normal activities.
Risk factors for hyperthyroidism include:
Family history, especially Graves’ disease
Personal history of certain chronic diseases such as type 1 diabetes, pernicious anemia and primary adrenal insufficiency
Hyperthyroidism can lead to a number of complications, including:
Redness and swelling of the skin
A bout of thyrotoxicosis
There are many treatments for hyperthyroidism. Determining the most appropriate approach for you depends on your age, physical condition, the underlying cause of the hyperthyroidism, as well as personal preferences and the severity of the disorder. Possible treatments include: