How do illnesses affect someone with Addison's disease?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Common illnesses may have a stronger effect on people with Addison's disease, since their bodies lack the natural stress response hormones that normally help the body fight illness. Because of this, people with Addison's disease should increase their daily doses of corticosteroids when they're ill. This increase in medication will imitate the kind of hormonal response that the adrenal glands would normally have. Ask a doctor how to adjust medication levels during illnesses or other times of stress.

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