How do I prevent a crisis in flying with sickle cell anemia?

Sickle cell anemia. Good hydraion and good control/follow up wi your docor for your sickle cell are important. Your risk obviously will depend on the type of sickle cell anemia, the severity and your compliance to the therapy given for your sickle cell anemia. D/w your md and follow the recommendation. In general, need to keep good hydration, oxygenation. Take your Hydrea (hydroxyurea) as recommended and f/u with your doctor.

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How do people treat sickle cell anemia to prevent sickle cells?

Sickle cell Dz Rx. Several things may be helpful. Supportive measures include staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet. Some physicians recommend folate (folic acid) supplementation due to rapid rbc turnover. Antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended in children but can often be stopped in late childhood as instructed by your doctor. Regular care in a comprehensive center. Hydroxyurea can be beneficial by raising hgbf levels. Read more...

What jobs would sickle cell anemia prevent you from being able to work?

No specific jobs... Would be contraindicated, short of being a sherpa or other high altitude guide. There are even professional athletes with sickling disorders. Maintain your health through care and surveillance by a comprehensive care clinic staffed by experts. Flexibility from your employer may be necessary as well, given the unpredictable onset of acute sequelae. Avoid school absence in preparing for your career. Read more...
Additional info. Sickle cell disease and sometimes trait prevent the patient from being an airline or military pilot. Otherwise most careers that do not involve high altitude would probably be fine, as the other doctor had written. Read more...

What are some ways (self-treatment) to prevent or help deal with sickle cell anemia?

Depends. It depends on the type of sickle cell anemia. Assuming hemoglobin ss disease we recommend good hydration, avoidance of heavy exercise, avoidance of nicotine. It is really a cumbersome topic though these are the major ones. I would ask your physician, they should be able to provide you with education on prevention of sickle cell crises. Sickle cell is genetic, inherited from mom and dad. Read more...

What are symptoms of sickle cell anemia crisis?

Pain. When red cells sickle, they become rigid and block the flow of blood. If this happens in muscle or bone, the result is pain. In the lung it's pain and shortness of breath. In the brain, it can cause a stroke. Any organ can be effected. A painful crisis happens when blood flow is interrupted. They are episodic and unpredictable. Read more...