Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
131 Doctors are Online

What are skin side effects, contraindications and treatments for someone with addison's disease?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 1015 Questions
What are skin side effects, contraindications and treatments for all for someone with addison's disease?
Posted Wed, 30 May 2012 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Answered by Dr. Ashwini Kolur 13 hours later
Thanks for your query.

I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions.

Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol and, in some cases, the hormone aldosterone.

The disease is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and non-exposed parts of the body.

Skin changes in Addison's disease are: there will be areas of hyperpigmentation, or dark tanning, it can be seen in covering exposed and non-exposed parts of the body. This darkening of the skin is most visible on scars, skin folds, pressure points such as the elbows, knees, knuckles, toes, lips, and mucous membranes. Sometimes paleness is also seen.

Treatment of Addison's disease involves replacing, or substituting, the hormones that the adrenal glands are not making. Synthetic glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid are used. If receiving mineralocorticoid replacement therapy, are usually advised to increase their salt intake.

Addison’s patient undergoing surgery should have pretreatment with synthetic glucocorticoid and saline the previous night.

During pregnancy, in case nausea and vomiting, oral drugs can be replaced by injections.

Contraindication to treatment depends on the drug given and any associated diseases from which you are suffering. It will be nice if you mention your past history of disease and also the drug history.

Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Hope I have cleared your queries. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an Endocrinologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor