Recognize & Treat Sickle Cell Disease Crises With 6 Tips

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Sickle cell anemia is a painful disease that changes the shape of red blood cells. Instead of being flexible, the blood cells are curved and stiff. These sickle-shaped blood cells don’t flow through blood vessels without challenge and can easily clog the vessels.

If this happens, blood and oxygen can’t get through, and parts of the body (like the heart, lungs, and kidneys) can’t work the way they should. The blockage can also cause extreme pain.