Addison's disease is a rare but severe condition in which the body does not produce enough hormones. It can cause serious health problems and needs to be treated with medication.
the destruction of the outer tissue of the adrenal glands causes Addison's disease. This can be because of an autoimmune disorder, infection, or cancer.
Common signs and symptoms of Addison's disease include fatigue, darkening of the skin, low blood pressure, dizziness and fainting, low blood sugar, salt craving, and muscle weakness.
People with Addison's disease need to take lifelong medication replacement therapy that replaces the hormones they can no longer produce.
Addison's disease is also referred to as adrenal insufficiency or hypocortisolism and is diagnosed with a blood test.
People with Addison's disease may suffer from depression or anxiety due to the body's inability to make certain hormones.
People with Addison's disease are at risk for an adrenal crisis when the body is exposed to increased physical or emotional stress. Symptoms of an adrenal problem include dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, abdominal pain, and sweating.
In some cases, Addison's Disease is caused by an inherited genetic abnormality.
Addison's disease can affect both children and adults. It is more commonly diagnosed in women than men.
Addison's disease can often go undiagnosed for many years because other conditions can cause its symptoms.
people with Addison's Disease need to receive regular medical follow-ups to monitor their condition and adjust medication as required.