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What is Hyperthyroidism?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the lower part of the neck. It is one of the many glands in your body that make and release hormones that help to regulate body temperature, heart rate and the way your body metabolizes the food you eat. When the thyroid gland becomes overactive, it can cause a condition known as hyperthyroidism.

Diagnosis of Hyperthyroidism

Dr. Kathleen J. Smith at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta in Decatur, GA is experienced in diagnosing and treating hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can be detected from several signs and symptoms:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Hair loss
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Shakiness

Early symptoms can be difficult to detect. If Dr. Smith suspects a hyperthyroid condition she will order a blood test to confirm her diagnosis.

Hyperthyroid Condition & Hair Loss

hyperthyroidism and thinning hair, AtlantaMany people notice rapid hair loss as a symptom of hyperthyroidism. Many consider thinning hair to be the worst symptom of their thyroid problem.  Often large amounts o hair falls out in the shower or sink, often accompanied by changes in the hair’s texture, making it dry, course, or easily tangled. There will be an overall shedding of hair, without specific patches of loss or baldness.

If you are experiencing hair loss it is best to have it evaluated by an experienced dermatologist like Dr. Kathleen Smith. She will be able to rule out other possible causes such as an infection. If she determines that it is being caused by an over-active thyroid, she will begin treatment which can possibly slow down and eventually stop the hair loss.

Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta sees patients from all over Georgia as well as towns in and around Atlanta such as Tucker, Stone Mountain, Buckhead, Midtown, Druid Hills, and Sandy Springs for treatment of hyperthyroidism. If you are experiencing symptoms of hyperthyroidism call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kathleen Smith. 678-904-4932




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