Managing Sickle Cell Crises-001

Physicians across the nation agree that while Sickle Cell Disease cannot be prevented, there are some factors that can be controlled to ward off crises.  Among them, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention count these to be among the most effective.

Drink Plenty of Fluids.  Sickle cell crises increase if the body is dehydrated (the body doesn’t have enough fluids). Drinking plenty of fluids can lower the risk of a painful crisis.

Find and Maintain Good Medical Care.  Sickle cell disease is particularly complex, according to the CDC, and requires medical care from doctors and nurses with a certain level of expertise in the condition.  The best choice is a hematologist (a doctor who specializes in blood diseases) working with a team of sickle cell specialists.

Get Regular Checkups.  Regular health checkups with a primary care doctor can help prevent some serious problems.  The CDC recommends from birth to one year of age, the sickle cell patient should see a doctor every two to three months; children one to two years of age should see a doctor at least every three months; and from age two to adulthood, those living with sickle cell should see a doctor at least once every year.

Learn Healthy Habits, Including How to Prevent Infections.  In addition to keeping hydrated (people with sickle cell disease should drink eight to 10 glasses of water every day and eat healthy food), CDC advisors recommend those living with sickle cell avoid becoming too hot, too cold, or too tired.  This is especially important for those who wish to participate in physical activity.  Resting when the body feels tired, and remembering not to overdue workouts is important.

Look for Clinical Studies.  Because there is no ready cure to Sickle Cell Disease, researchers continue to work towards one using new clinical research studies.  By securing placement on a study, those suffering from the condition have an opportunity to access new technology and potential treatments for the disease.

Get Support.  Find a patient support group or community-based organization that provides information, assistance, and support.