Is there a cure for G6PD deficiency?

There is no cure for G6PD deficiency, but there are steps you can take to minimize its symptoms. By identifying and avoiding the things that trigger the breakdown of red blood cells weakened by the disorder, you can live a normal, relatively healthy life free from symptoms. Typical triggers include legumes (beans, peas, lentils), carbohydrates, various medications (pain relievers, antibiotics, malaria medicines), stress, viral or bacterial infections, and even items like mothballs, which contain a chemical that can spur red blood cells to disintegrate.

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Immune & Lymphatic System Disorders

The lymphatic system is a key part of the immune system, draining excess fluid from bodily tissues and organs and disseminating white blood cells to fight infection. The white blood cells fight infection in the spleen and special ...

vessels throughout the body called lymph nodes. If your immune system becomes compromised, the lymphatic system wont be able to work properly, causing swelling from a buildup of fluid in parts of the body. Disorders of the lymphatic system include elephantiasis, a swelling of body parts caused by a filarial worm infestation, and lymphedema, a swelling in the arms or legs caused by lymph nodes or lymph vessels disturbed by surgery for breast or prostate cancer. Medication, massage therapy and compression garments can help.

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