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Why do i have problems when i swim in extreme hot/cold temperatures with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Lynn Keefe
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sickle cell anemia: Extremes of temperature and physical exertion tasks both the circulation of blood and the individual hemoglobin molecule. So when you are exercising in the heat or cold you are demanding more of the sickled red blood cell as well as your heart to deliver oxygen to your muscles and this is why it is problematic.
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Blood flow changes: Swimming can cool the skin, even when it is warm outside. This can cause decreased blood flow, which has been shown to affect the sickling of sickle cells. If you continue to swim, it would be good to dry off quickly and put on a shirt quickly. This may help.

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A 43-year-old female asked:

When having sickle cell anemia what medicine can you take for a cold?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Check with Heme Dr.: Hematology doctors who takes care of the sickle problems have guidelines on cold medications that are ok to use. Some doctors recommend not using tylenol/motrin/advil to treat fever, because such meds may "mask" a fever that would otherwise send a patient to the doctor to get treatment for an infection. Some recommend avoiding meds that can increase heart rate (such as phenylephrine and sudafed).

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