Sickle Cell Anaemia Disease FAQ
Is there a cure for sickle cell disease ?
Yes ! . stem-cell transplantation is the only curative treatment for sickle cell disease .
What about Hydroxyurea therapy ?
Studies have shown that Hydroxyurea therapy has significant efficacy in reducing the frequency of painful crises in some adults and children . However , the main problem concerning the use of Hydroxyurea is the issue of managing its adverse & severe side effects on the human body . It is advised that Hydroxyurea be used only in the absence of safer alternatives .
Can people with sickle cell disease live productive lives ?
Yes ; with good management , care and support , people with sickle cell disease can live not only productive but also fulfilling lives .
If i am unable to go for stem-cell transplantation , then what can i do in order to cope better with sickle cell disease ?
1.Do not skip medication
2.Eat a balanced diet
3.Take folic acid supplements
4.Rest a lot, especially during acute sickle cell crises
5.Do not smoke
7.Do not use harmful drugs (coccaine , heroine, e.t.c)
8.Join a support group
9.Avoid physical and emotional stress
10.Do not over exercise
11.Avoid sources of bacterial, viral, and fungal infection
12.Thoroughly cook food before eating
13.Drink 8 glasses of water everyday
14.Get plenty of fresh air
15.Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
16.Have a positive mental attitude
17.Avoid extreme weather conditions