Dating someone with sickle cell trait
Haemoglobin is the substance in red blood cells that is responsible for the colour of the cell and for carrying oxygen around the body.
People with sickle cell disorder are born with the condition, it is not contagious.
There is a small chance that you may experience pain at high altitudes (generally above 10,000 feet), including long-haul flying in unpressurised planes and mountain climbing.
It is important you say you have sickle cell trait before undertaking such activities as you may need to breathe oxygen.
People with sickle cell are at risk of complications stroke, acute chest syndrome, blindness, bone damage and priapism (a persistent, painful erection of the penis).
Over time people with sickle cell can experience damage to organs such as the liver, kidney, lungs, heart and spleen.
The key reason for offering newborn screening for sickle cell disease is because babies with sickle cell disease are vulnerable to serious infections.
By identifying babies early in life , they can be prescribed penicillin and be referred for specialist care, so that they stay healthy.
Most people who have sickle cell trait are healthy. If you have sickle cell trait Always notify your dentist or doctor before treatment commences to be on the safe side.Antenatal screening identifies parents to be who have the trait (also known as a carrier).If the mother is identified with the trait, the baby’s father is offered a screening test.The only possible cure for the disorder is bone marrow transplant but this is only possible for a limited number of affected individuals who have a suitable donor.A medicine called Hydroxyurea, can significantly reduce the number of painful crises.