When to Seek Medical Care
- Call your doctor after any significant physical trauma.
- Call your doctor also if you cannot control external bleeding with simple pressure.
- Because you may have internal as well external bleeding, always err on the side of safety and call your doctor.
- Be particularly concerned about bleeding into your joints or your central nervous system because of long-term complications and the possibility of death.
- Because hemophilia treatment involves blood products, you often may need to be treated in an emergency department or other health care facility, especially if you have severe hemophilia.
- Your doctor should evaluate any head or spinal trauma.
- A severe hemophiliac should be evaluated at a hospital's emergency department for any bleeding whatsoever, because his or her blood will not clot adequately on its own in these situations:
- Oral bleeding
- Bleeding from skin that does not stop with simple pressure
- Bleeding from muscles and joints
- Any person with hemophilia who has significant trauma anywhere on the body should be evaluated at a hospital regardless of the severity of the disease.