If you have an overactive thyroid it’s important that you disclose it to your travel insurance company before you go on holiday. If you don’t disclose your overactive thyroid on your application for travel insurance it could invalidate a claim leaving you with a large bill for medical expenses and maybe repatriation costs too if you need to be brought back to the UK.
What Is Overactive Thyroid?
Overactive thyroid is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces and secretes excessive amounts of the free (not protein bound, and circulating in the blood) thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and/or thyroxine (T4).
Overactive thyroid is one cause of thyrotoxicosis—the hypermetabolic clinical syndrome which occurs when there are elevated serum levels of T3 and/or T4. Thyrotoxicosis can also occur without overactive thyroid. Some people develop thyrotoxicosis due to inflammation of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis), which can lead to excessive release of thyroid hormone already stored in the gland (without the accelerated hormone production that characterizes hyperthyroidism). Thyrotoxicosis can also occur after ingestion of excessive amounts of exogenous thyroid hormone in the form of thyroid hormone supplements, such as levothyroxine (a phenomenon known as exogenous thyrotoxicosis, alimentary thyrotoxicosis, or occult factitial thyrotoxicosis).
Disease management and therapy differ for thyrotoxicosis caused by overactive thyroid and thyrotoxicosis caused by other conditions. Thyroid imaging and radiotracer thyroid uptake measurements, combined with serologic data, enable specific diagnosis and appropriate patient treatment.
Travel Insurance For Overactive Thyroid Need Not Be Expensive If You Compare A Panael Of Specialist Companies
Travel insurance for overactive thyroid need not be expensive if you shop around and find a specialist that can select the right underwriter for your particular circumstances. For example the price of your travel insurance will be influenced by your specific symptoms of the disease, your age and the destination and the length of your stay.