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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Graves' Disease and Travel Overseas
I have been diagnosed with Graves' disease for about a year now and am stabalized well on Methimazole. I was taking beta blockers but haven`t needed them in the last 4 months or so. I am looking at taking a two week trip to Central Asia this summer and am wondering what the likelihood of acute worsening of Graves' disease would be on a patient whose levels are controlled and decreasing. Does being in hot weather tend to make symptoms worse?
Hot weather doesn't worsen Graves' disease. If Graves' disease is untreated, it can make you feel hot - and then travelling to a hot climate could make you feel even worse. However, if your Graves' disease is under good control and you take your pills faithfully, I see no reason why traveling to Central Asia should make you get worse.
Thomas A Murphy, MD, FACP, FACE
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University