How do I manage my sickle cell disease on a daily basis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Sickle cell anemia can be managed by avoiding any activities that may trigger an emergency, such as illnesses, any high-altitude activities, or strenuous exercise. You can also manage your stress level, avoid cholesterol, and drink a lot of water to help prevent blood clots and other complications. Over the counter medications can also be used to control the pain caused by compression of smaller blood vessels. Folic acid supplements can also help your bone marrow create red blood cells.

If you have sickle cell disease, it is important to keep as healthy as possible on a daily basis. This means doing regular exercise, eating healthily, drinking plenty of water, staying warm and avoiding chills, and getting plenty of rest. It’s also important to have regular check-ups with your doctor and hospital team. They’ll keep a close eye on you and make sure your medicines are doing their jobs properly.

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