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Home treatment for sickle cell disease includes steps you can take to control some of the complications caused by the disease. Develop a plan with your doctor for home treatment of symptoms, and follow this plan as symptoms occur.
- Urinate often to avoid feeling the need to urinate. Don't wait until you feel the need.
- Take medicine to relieve pain.
- Drink extra fluids.
- Seek emergency treatment, if the pain is especially severe or the problem doesn't go away in 2 to 3 hours. Treatment may include fluids (hydration), pain medicines, and blood transfusions.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin Steinberg, MD - Hematology
Current as ofFebruary 5, 2016
Current as of: February 5, 2016
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