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Can people with sickle cell safely take cold medicine?

Can people with sickle cell safely take cold medicine?

Maybe: If there are no other contraindications, then cold medicines should be ok. However - cold medications that incude acetaminophen/ ibuprophen will mask any fever and thus may hide a serious infection. Therefore, we sometimes ask families to not give these anti-fever medications if we are concerned about a serious infection. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more


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Is it a problem if I take cold medicine and I have sickle cell disease?

Is it a problem if I take cold medicine and I have sickle cell disease?

Could: Cold meds with stimulants like psuedophedrine can raise the heart rate and blood pressure. Sickle cell pts dont do well under stress conditions and this could cause an undue stress on those pts sensitve to these meds. Would stick with chlorocedin-hbp wich is a decongest med without the stimulation side effect. Its over the counter and has a pic of a heart on label. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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Why is it difficult to take care of gonorrhea while having sickle cell anemia?

Why is it difficult to take care of gonorrhea while having sickle cell anemia?

It's not but...: Patients with sca suffer damage to the spleen. When the spleen eventually stops working, the patient has impaired resistance to bacterial infections that can get into the blood stream. Gonorrhea is one such infection, so the problem is more severe infections not an inability to give antibiotics and have them work. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me how mutation take place in sickle-cell anemia?

Can you explain to me how mutation take place in sickle-cell anemia?

Important gene...: Sickle cell anemia is caused by a mutation in the gene that tells your body to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin allows red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. In sickle cell anemia, the abnormal hemoglobin causes red blood cells to become rigid, sticky and misshapen. These abnormal red blood cells lead to the various symptoms of the disease. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine heal sickle cell anemia?

Can acupuncture or traditional chinese medicine heal sickle cell anemia?

No: Sickle cell anemia is a genetic condition where the hemoglobin made for red cells is defective. There is no cure other than a bone marrow transplant, if the patient could tolerate this risky procedure. Acupuncture may prove a benefit in handling some of the pain episodes, but it will not change the genes. ...Read more

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I have sickle cell anemia. Are there any precautions I should take before dental work?

Not usually: It is important to let your dentist know, but most procedures don't have a major impact for sickle cell. Procedures that involve more bleeding would be of greater concern, things like extractions, dental implants, etc. ...Read more

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