On May 8th, 2016, LiveMD recognizes International Thalassemia Day and all those around the world that are suffering from this disease.
What is Thalassemia?
Thalassemia is a genetic disease that affects the production of hemoglobin in the blood. Hemoglobin is a part of the red blood cell that is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body and when there is not enough hemoglobin or there is an abnormality in the hemoglobin cells, a person can become very ill and anemic. Depending on the severity of the disease, it may be life threatening. Thalassemia is most commonly found in people of Asian, Middle Eastern, African or Mediterranean descent.
What are the Symptoms of Thalassemia?
This disease is usually diagnosed in children before they reach the age of two. A child with thalassemia will usually be fussy and have a poor appetite. They may also have very pale or yellowish skin and yellow eyes and may experience frequent infections or illnesses. In severe cases, organs, such as the spleen, may become enlarged or there may be bone issues where the bones of the face may overgrow and become unusually enlarged.
What are the Treatment Options for this Disease?
In most cases, people suffering from this disease will require regular blood transfusions and possibly bone marrow transplants. Some medications and supplements may help as well. Your doctor will be able to determine the best course of therapy for you depending on your specific circumstances and the severity of your disease.
How can I get Involved in International Thalassemia Day?
The theme of this year’s International Thalassemia Day is “Access to Safe and Effective Drugs in Thalassemia”. The main focus is to bring awareness about the disease and to promote equality in care and access to safe and effective medicine for everyone affected by this disease. If you would like to get involved in this cause and help spread the word about Thalassemia in your community, visit http://www.thalassaemia.org.cy/ for more information.
If you suspect that your child may be suffering from this disease or have questions that you need medical advice on, LiveMD is here to help. Visit our website at www.mylivemd.com today to speak with a doctor or specialist live and get the health care that you deserve, right away and from the comfort of your own home.
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