What is Haemophilia?
Unfortunately, the majority of Haemophilia sufferers go undiagnosed and untreated across the globe. This is particularly alarming, because people diagnosed with Haemophilia can easily access treatment and enjoy a relatively normal life with the help of medication. Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder, that’s passed on genetically: if someone in your family tree is or was a Haemophiliac, you may be too.
Symptoms of Haemophilia
Because Haemophilia symptoms can often be obscured and attributed to something else, many people don’t test to find out if they are a Haemophiliac. Some of the most common symptoms of Haemophilia include:
- Sudden nosebleeds, for no apparent reason.
- The smallest of injuries leads to massive blood loss.
- Large bruises.
- Excessive bleeding after surgery or dental work.
- Pain and swelling in the joints.
- Blood in the urine.
Causes of Haemophilia
Because Haemophilia is an inherited blood disorder, it can’t be prevented if you are destined to battle it. Haemophilia is caused by a genetic mutation, which prevents your blood from clotting. Your blood may lack a certain type of blood-clotting protein, but this can be treated.
What to Do
If you are concerned about your, or a loved one’s, health, chat to your doctor immediately. If there’s a family history of Haemophilia, and anyone in your family seems to be experiencing the symptoms listed above, ask your doctor to conduct a test for Haemophilia. A blood screening test will be conducted, that will determine whether or not there’s enough blood-clotting proteins in the blood.
Once a blood test has confirmed Haemophilia, you will be able to start treatment to help your body learn how to clot blood effectively. Haemophilia treatment is also known as replacement therapy, and the medication you need to take will help your body to produce the all-important proteins that help your blood to clot. In a severe bleeding incident, medication can also be administered through an intravenous drip. Physiotherapy may also be helpful, to decrease swelling and pain in your joints.
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