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September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month!

Yes! September is dedicated to Sickle Cell Anaemia; and I’ll love all SL Fabz to support anyone around you suffering from sickle cell,  by first learning more about the ailment***

About Sickle Cell Disease

Among those with SCD, their red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. The sickle-shaped cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. When a person doesn’t have enough red blood cells, they have a condition called anemia. Also, when these misshaped blood cells travel through small blood vessels, they can get stuck and clog the blood flow. Whenever this happens, it results in severe pain and organ damage and can cause serious infections.

People with SCD can live productive lives and enjoy most of the activities that people without SCD do. These are some things that people with SCD can do to stay as healthy as possible:

Get regular checkups. Regular health checkups with a primary care doctor can help prevent some serious problems.

Prevent infections. Common illnesses, like influenza quickly can become dangerous for a child with SCD. The best defense is to take simple steps to help prevent infections. See tips to help avoid getting an infection.

Learn healthy habits. People with SCD should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day and eat healthy food. They also should try not to get too hot, too cold, or too tired.

Look for clinical studies. New clinical research studies are happening all the time to find better treatments and, hopefully, a cure for SCD. People who take part in these studies might have access to new medicines and treatments.

Get support. People with SCD should find a patient support group or other organization in the community that can provide information, assistance, and support.

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