Sickle Cell Disease (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you or your child has any of the following symptoms:
Make a plan with your doctor that includes where and when to get treatment in case of a sickle cell emergency.
Watchful waiting is when you and your doctor watch your symptoms to see if your health improves on its own. If it does, no treatment is necessary. If your symptoms don't get better or get worse, then it's time to take the next treatment step. Some complications of sickle cell disease may not need immediate medical attention from a doctor. In these cases, you can try home treatment.
Painful events can be treated at home depending on how severe the pain is and how long you've had it. Try over-the-counter pain medicine for mild pain. Or take a stronger medicine, if prescribed by your doctor. If this doesn't work, contact your doctor or seek emergency medical treatment.
You may treat persistent, painful erection of the penis (priapism) at home by drinking fluids, taking over-the-counter pain medicine, and urinating as much as possible. If this doesn't solve the problem within 2 to 3 hours, seek emergency medical treatment.
Who To See
If you or your child has sickle cell disease, try to find a doctor who has special training for this disease. Some medical centers and hospitals specialize in sickle cell disease treatment and support. If your local community doesn't offer this option, look for a doctor and a pain treatment specialist who have experience in treating sickle cell disorders. Choose a doctor you are comfortable with and can partner with over the long term.
The following types of health professionals can diagnose and help treat symptoms of sickle cell disease. Some of these health professionals may provide specialized treatment or counseling.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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