TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SICKLE CELL.
This is a list of ten quick facts you should know about sickle cell.
- Sickle cell disease is inherited. People are born with it. It‘s not contagious, so you can’t catch it from someone.
- Sickle cell disease is a lifelong health condition.
- Sickle cell causes a type of faulty hemoglobin. (Hemoglobin in red blood cells carries oxygen)
- The word “sickle” is not from “sick.” The disease got this name because it causes blood cells to be curved or C-shaped, like the farm tool called a sickle.
- Blood cells are round and look a bit like donuts. Blood cell of Sickle is hardened and curved.
- Red blood cells of a sickle break down faster than healthy red blood cells.
- The pain or crisis of sickle is as a result of blood clots or clog of a person’s small blood vessels.
- Sickle Cell patients live with the crisis, i.e. bouts of excruciating pains that can last for a moment, hours, days, weeks, months or hospitalization.
- Sickles can have a crisis when exposed to triggers like extreme cold or heat.
- Sickles are loving people, that didn’t choose this disease but are discriminated for it.