Sickle cell anemia is a disorder of the blood caused by an inherited abnormal hemoglobin resulting to distorted (sickled) red blood cells. The sickled red blood cells are fragile and prone to rupture. When the number of red blood cells decreases from rupture (hemolysis), anemia is the result. This condition is referred to as sickle cell anemia. The irregular sickled cells can also block blood vessels causing tissue and organ damage and pain. Major symptoms of this disease include: Bacterial infection, fatigue, leg ulcers, eye damage, lung and heart injury among others.
This disease varies widely from person to person. The severity of pain can range from mild to severe.Here are some of the steps to manage and reduce your chances of pain: Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and find ways to relieve your pain. This may include medicine and other relief methods such as heating pads or physical therapy.
Every time you’re in sudden pain, try to figure out what may have caused it. Being dehydrated can also increase your risk of a sickle crisis, so drink about 8 glasses of water a day. Drink more fluid if you’re exercising or in hot weather.You should eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein.
Aim for about 2 hours 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week, such as walking or running.Talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Physical activity is key in staying healthy. At the same time, you don’t want to overdo it. Rest when you get tired. It is important to get all recommended vaccines, including the annual flu shot, and pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccines. Common illnesses, like the flu, can quickly become dangerous if you have sickle cell disease.
The life expectancy of persons with sickle cell anemia is reduced. Some patients, however, can remain without symptoms for years, while others do not survive infancy or early childhood. Nevertheless, with optimal management patients can now survive beyond the fourth decade.
Content created and supplied by: FITBRAYANKE (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More