World Sickle Cell Awareness 19 Day 2021: World Sickle Cell Day is observed on June 19 every year, to raise awareness about sickle cell disorders. Sickle cell anemia is a genetic red blood cell disorder.
According to the mayo clinic, people with sickle cell disorder do not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body. The Un General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing sickle cell disease as a public health problem on December 22, 2008. Sickle cell disease makes normal life difficult and patients need a regular blood transfusion.
World Sickle Cell Awareness 19 Day 2021: Key Things to Know
- People with sickle cell disorder need regular check-ups from their doctor.
- It is important to follow the treatment and medicine prescribed by their doctor.
- It is very important to prevent infection by taking simple steps including washing your hands.
- It is important to practice healthy habits like drinking enough water and eating nutritious food.
World Sickle Cell Awareness 19 Day 2021: Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disorder
- Symptoms and symptoms of sickle cell anemia usually appear at the age of about five months and they vary from person to person and can change over time.
- Patients with sickle cell disorder suffer from anemia as their red blood cells die easily leading to a shortage of healthy cells.
- Without enough red blood cells, the body does not get enough oxygen and causes fatigue.
- Episodes of pain sickle cell is a major symptom of anemia but it varies in every person. It can last for a few hours to a few weeks.
- Swelling and frequent infections in hands and feet are common.
Lack of healthy red blood cells can lead to slow growth in children.
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