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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is hyperthyroidism?

A disorder of an overactive thyroid gland. This causes overactivity of thyroid hormones that are needed for growth, development and metabolism. Causes include viral infections, brain disorders and autoimmunity (where the body's immune system attacks itself)

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism

  • Skin is wet and warm

  • Eye are bulging or jutting out

  • Feel the heart is pounding

  • Recent weight loss

  • Difficulty getting pregnant

  • Fine tremor of the hands and fingers

  • Black/blue/brown spots or moles, on the skin and lining of the mouth

  • Swollen legs / fluid retention in the legs

Questions your doctor may ask to check for hyperthyroidism

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose hyperthyroidism

  • Do you have warm and damp skin?

  • Do your eyes bulge outwards?

  • Do you feel your heart is pounding?

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Are you having trouble getting pregnant despite trying for some time?

Treatment for hyperthyroidism

The treatment aims to stop the thyroid from over-producing hormones. Options include anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine therapy, and surgery to remove the thyroid. At the same time, medications may be prescribed to control symptoms like palpitations and anxiety.

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