The symptoms of Addison’s Disease
A sun tan without the sun, salt cravings – and other symptoms you should not ignore
Sometimes the symptoms of Addison’s Disease are not recognised.
Take a look at the information below and, if someone is experiencing these symptoms, contact a GP (doctor).
Key Signs of Addison’s Disease
An all-over sun tan even without going out in the sun
- The sun tan would be unusual for the person and there would be no sun tan lines. This is also referred to as deep skin pigmentation.
Nausea or vomiting
- Repeated episodes of illness over long periods of time and taking time to resolve, not a typical 24-48 hours. The symptoms are worse than typical stomach illness.
- A person will crave salty foods, these aren’t a one-off craving and will occur often.
Other typical signs and symptoms of Addison’s Disease are:
- Exhaustion and weakness
- Weight loss
- Dizziness when standing
- Low blood pressure
- Poor concentration
- Poor appetite
- Muscle weakness and cramps
- Stomach pains
Is the person experiencing symptoms male?
- A significant, but rare, cause of Addison’s Disease is a genetic condition called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which can be life limiting. Although this is unusual it is important that you make your doctor aware of this condition so they can assess if additional testing is appropriate.