U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Canada
A 22-year-old female asked:

What is grave disease? and what causes over active thyroid?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Feldman
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Autoimmune disorder: Graves disease is the most common cause for hyperthyroidism in the us, and is caused by the immune system producing an antibody that stimulates the thyroid to make too much thyroid hormone. A family history of autoimmune disease, excess dietary iodine increases your risk. Once it occurs it usually requires treatment, however, there is no treatment for the autoimmune part.
Dr. Brian Enggano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 years experience
Overactive thyroid: Graves' disease is a form of hyperthyroidism and occurs when your body produces antibodies that stimulate your thyroid gland, which controls your body's metabolism. This results in various symptoms like nervousness, tremor, insomnia, heat intolerance, and palpitations. Treatment consists of medications or surgery. Speak with your doctor about options.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Dec 21, 2013

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.