Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid gland is too active. This tiny gland is found in your neck. An overactive thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. This makes your metabolism work at a faster rate.
Hyperthyroidism has several causes. These may include:
Hyperthyroidism may occur for other reasons. These include:
These things may make it more likely for you to have hyperthyroidism:
Symptoms are different for each person. Here are the most common ones:
These symptoms may look like other health problems. Always see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your health history. You will also need a physical exam. Other tests that can help diagnose hyperthyroidism include:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is. Treatment may include:
If your hyperthyroidism is not treated, these complications may happen:
Tell your healthcare provider if your symptoms get worse or you have new symptoms. If you are a woman of childbearing age and want to become pregnant, talk with your provider first.