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Some suggestions for people living with Addison's disease inlcude carrying indentification stating their condition and bringing cortisol with them when traveling. People living with Addison's disease should learn as much as possible about their disease through a doctor, communicate with friends and family about the disease, and understand early warning signs of an addisonian crisis and ways to minimize it.

Living With Addison's Disease: An Introduction

People with Addison's disease should learn as much as possible about their disease and about situations that can cause a hormone deficiency. People should also talk with their friends and family about Addison's disease. Understanding early warning signs of an addisonian crisis and ways to minimize the crisis will help people live healthy lives.
 

Suggestions for Living With Addison's Disease

Below are some suggestions for people living with Addison's disease. Make sure to talk with your healthcare providers about these and other suggestions for living with Addison's disease.
 
Carry Identification
A person living with Addison's disease should always carry identification stating his or her condition in case of an emergency. The card should alert emergency personnel about the need to inject 100 mg of cortisol if its bearer is found severely injured or unable to answer questions. The card should also include the doctor's name and telephone number, and the name and telephone number of the nearest relative to be notified.
 
Wear a Medical ID Bracelet or Neck Chain
People living with Addison's disease may wish to wear a descriptive warning bracelet or neck chain to alert emergency personnel. A number of companies manufacture medical identification products.
  
Carry Cortisol When Traveling
When traveling, a needle, syringe, and an injectable form of cortisol should be carried for emergencies.
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