Hemophilia is a chronic blood disorder affecting about 30,000 people in the country. In individuals with hemophilia, the blood does not clot or coagulate properly due to a lack of clotting factors. Patients experience severe bleeding even after a minor cut. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid activities or objects that can cause injury and take necessary precautions. Here are a few tips to follow for healthy living with hemophilia.
Go for annual checkups
Studies suggest that patients treated at hemophilia treatment centers (HTCs) lead a better quality of life. HTCs provide comprehensive annual checkups that help track the disease’s progression and identify possible red flags. Therefore, they are the right place to start treatment. HTCs have a team of specialized doctors, including hematologists. If one cannot find an HTC nearby, they must seek a doctor’s recommendation to choose the right clinic and treatment.
Get vaccinated against hepatitis
Getting vaccinated for hepatitis A and B is critical for healthy living with hemophilia. Since these vaccinations were introduced only two to three decades ago, those born before might not have been vaccinated. Hepatitis is a viral infection that affects the liver. Since the liver plays a crucial role in promoting blood coagulation, one must get vaccinated against the disease.
An active lifestyle involving sport, training, or any physical activity promotes blood circulation, which has many health benefits. It helps maintain body weight and promotes bone strength, ensuring the joints do not face added pressure. It also helps lower the risk of spontaneous bleeds. Light exercises like yoga or stretches improve mental health, which is also necessary for healthy living with hemophilia.
Practice oral hygiene
Oral hygiene is essential for everyone but is more beneficial for those with hemophilia. Patients often suffer from bleeding gums, gingivitis, sore gums, or other oral concerns. Sometimes, a gum bleed may result from using the wrong toothbrush or brushing incorrectly. Since even a slight bleed can turn dangerous, patients must follow proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly. Besides oral hygiene, physical hygiene is necessary for healthy living with hemophilia. One must wash cuts and wounds thoroughly and call a doctor if the bleeding does not stop.