Healthy Tip Of the Week (HTW): June 19- June 25

GHHEditor June 22nd

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Day. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder that can cause serious health problems —but people who have it can live healthy, happy lives if they take the advice of doctors. Here’s some more info:

1. What is sickle cell anemia? It’s a condition that causes blood cells to change shape at times. When they do, they can get stuck in veins and arteries, causing blockages. Click here for more

2. Is there a cure? Yes, but it requires a donor that is a strong genetic match and most patients don’t have one.

3. What is the treatment? Most treatments won’t cure the disease, but they will reduce symptoms (dizziness and discomfort during exercise, etc.) .

4. Are there any tips for people living with the disease? • Be careful when it comes to exercise. Overdoing it can cause the symptoms of the disease to flare up. They should stay hydrated and see a doctor if they feel ill. • Join a support group. The Centers for Disease Control suggests talking to other people who have the same condition as you can make you feel better and less worried. • Avoid contact with people that can make you sick. Infections like colds and flu can be very dangerous for people living with sickle cell anemia.

If a loved one with sickle cell seems to be falling ill, after being exposed to someone who is sick, take them to a doctor.    

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