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Addison's disease is an illness in which the adrenal glands stop producing hormones that are important for certain bodily functions. The most common cause is an autoimmune disease. Some other possible causes include chronic infection (mainly fungal infections), tuberculosis, and surgical removal of the adrenal glands.
A few common symptoms of Addison's disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, and loss of appetite. Some people with the condition may also experience darkening of the skin in both exposed and nonexposed parts of the body. Although Addison's disease cannot be cured, it can be treated and controlled with medication.
(Click Addison's Disease for the full eMedTV article on this topic, which provides detailed information about the specific hormones that are often lacking in people who have the condition, the functions these hormones serve, and the goals of treatment. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)