The most common symptom is SUDDEN PAIN in your body
TREATMENT You cannot cure sickle cell, but you can decrease the number of sickle cells in you body. Blood Transfusions - Increasing the number of normal red blood cells in your body. It also prevents strokes. Oral Antibiotics – prevents pneumococcal infection and early death. Hydroxyurea– First effective drug treatment for adults. Reduces the frequency of painful and acute chest syndromes.
IMPACT ON LIVING NORMAL Sickle Cells can cause a lot of pain so the people who have it have to go to the hospital often and use a lot of treatment
Other interesting facts… 1 in 600 African-Americans have Sickle Cell Anemia 1 in 1,000-1,400 Hispanic-Americans have Sickle Cell Anemia 1 in 12 African-Americans have Sickle Cell Trait http://www.dukehealth.org/repository/dukehealth/2006/11/30/09/04/45/3713/Sickle-chart.gif
USEFUL WEBSITES: Organization for People with Sickle Cell: http://www.sicklecellsociety.org/ http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Sca/SCA_SignsAndSymptoms.html http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/posters/chromosome/sca.shtml American Sickle Cell Anemia Association http://www.ascaa.org/