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How can I prevent a sickle cell crisis?

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There’s no sure way to prevent sickle cell crisis, but you can lower your odds:

It also helps to keep yourself as healthy as possible:

  • Avoid swimming in cold water.
  • Dress in warm clothes when it’s cold out or when you’re in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Fly only on commercial airlines. Planes that don’t control air pressure could cause you problems.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Manage your stress.
  • Avoid being around people who are sick.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Exercise, but drink plenty of liquids and don’t push too hard. Activities like intense weight training may put too much stress on your body.
  • Get prenatal care right away if you’re pregnant or you’re planning on it.
  • Manage any other health conditions you may have -- like diabetes -- with your doctor’s help.
  • Stay up to date on your shots and vaccines.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any sleep problems, like snoring.
  • Wash your hands often.

From: What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Family Physician: “Practical Tips for Preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis.”

KidsHealth: “What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis?”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?,” “How Is Sickle Cell Disease Treated?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sickle Cell Anemia.”

American Family Physician: “Practical Tips for Preventing a Sickle Cell Crisis.”

KidsHealth: “What Is a Sickle Cell Crisis?”

National Institutes of Health: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease?,” “How Is Sickle Cell Disease Treated?”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Sickle Cell Disease.”

CDC: “Sickle Cell Disease.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2019

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