Why Alcohol And Sickle Cell Don’t Mix

Alcohol is a diuretic. This means that it triggers your body to start peeing a lot more. Not only are you losing water and fluids out that way, alcohol suppresses the secretion of Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH), which means that your body is unable to regulate how much water you are…

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Managing Sickle Cell In Pregnancy 1

  In pregnancy or if you trying to get pregnant the first thing you should do is STOP TAKING HYDROYUREA! This medication, although good with managing sickle cell for some patients, has been shown to increase the risk of congenital birth defects and abnormalities. So for the sake of your baby, put the…

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Is Sickle Cell A Death Sentence?

The term ‘Abiku’ (‘Born To Die’) is synonymous with people living with Sickle Cell in some parts of Nigeria. This got me thinking a lot about the life expectancy of people living with Sickle Cell. Growing up, I never for once thought about death in relation to my condition as a…

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Misconceptions Relating To Sickle Cell – I : Yellow Eyes

There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about almost everything in life, this is however not surprising as no one is all knowing. Misconceptions are raised due to the different perspectives individuals have on issues. CrimsonBow will be bringing to you a new series that will discuss and educate…

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Drug ‘Hydroxyurea’- It’s Effect On A Sickle Cell Individual

We have gotten a lot of questions about the drug Hydroxyurea and if its it is dangerous for people living with Sickle Cell to use it. Based on our investigations find below the answer. The danger the drug poses depends on the organ function of the individual patient before commencement of the medication.…

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Managing Pain With Sickle Cell Disease

The main thing you can do to reduce your chances of experiencing pain (Sickle cell episode or crisis) is to try avoiding possible triggers. This may mean you need to: drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration wear appropriate clothing to stop you from getting cold avoid sudden temperature changes,…

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Travel 101: Managing Sickle Cell While Traveling By Air

A few years ago, a friend of mine and I were turning 25 and wanted to do something really amazing to celebrate. We decided that we were going to go on a 7 day Boat Cruise that involved three countries in Europe, and 6 cities all together. We saved for months…

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Preventing Infections And Treating Anemia In People With Sickle Cell Disease

As people with sickle cell disease are more vulnerable to infections, treatment will usually be needed to reduce this risk. Most people need to take a daily dose of antibiotics (usually penicillin), often for the rest of their lives. Long-term use of antibiotics won’t pose any serious risks to health. Children with…

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Exercising With Sickle Cell

There is a myth that people living with the sickle cell condition should not participate in exercise activities. This is because it is believed that strenuous activities like exercising causes can trigger crisis. While this is true to an extent, there are some tips to take into consideration to enable…

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Diagnosis And Treatment Of Sickle Cell

Diagnosis Of Sickle Cell The following procedures can be adopted in diagnosing sickle cell in children and adults: severe pain in the bones, most times it begins in the hands and feet anemia painful enlargement of the spleen painful enlargement of the spleen growth problems respiratory infections ulcers of the…

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