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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