Chicken Pox for Adrenal Insufficient Patients

Pituitary patients who have adrenal insufficiency and take replacement doses of hydrocortisone or prednisolone are at no greater risk than the general population of catching chicken pox. However, it is advised to avoid people who have this viral infection.

If you were to catch it and become unwell, then the usual sick day rules will apply around your hydrocortisone or prednisolone. Sick day rules would be applicable as for ‘fever, flu, infection’ = double your usual daily steroid doses for the duration of fever/infection.

If you are deteriorating and not recovering, our endocrine nurse advises that you act quickly in seeking medical help.