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Hemophilia is a hereditary, lifelong bleeding disorder that can result in prolonged bleeding into muscles or joints. It typically produces problems with blood clotting, and may cause hemophiliacs to bleed longer than normal, even with minor injuries. Here are 10 things you need to know about the disease and its effects on those who have it.
1. Hemophilia is very rare, and is more prevalent in males than females.
2. The most common type is hemophilia A, where the person does not have enough clotting factor 8. Hemophilia B, where the person lacks sufficient clotting factor 9, is less common. Both types bleed longer than normal.
3. Hemophilia can be mild, moderate, or severe. People with severe hemophilia usually bleed one to two times per week.
4. Bleeding in hemophiliacs is often spontaneous, with no obvious reason for the bleeding.
5. Symptoms can vary from person to person. Some hemophiliacs experience more frequent bruising.
6. Hemophiliacs that suffer a head injury should receive immediate medical attention – even in the absence of external bleeding.
7. Hemophiliacs should not take aspirin or any type of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as these can interfere with the blood clotting process.
8. Exercise and sports can benefit most hemophiliacs because they promote muscle growth, which can minimize spontaneous bleeds and joint damage. Contact sports like football and rugby are not recommended.
9. The life expectancy of hemophiliacs varies depending on when the individual receives proper medical treatment. If diagnosed and treated early, children can look forward to a normal life expectancy.
10. Help is available. Most areas have support groups to help hemophiliacs and their families cope with the disease.
Thanks to today’s earlier interventions and more sophisticated medical treatments, hemophilia is no longer the devastating disease it used to be. Most hemophiliacs can lead relatively normal lives.
Medical ID bracelets are a valuable tool for anyone suffering from serious medical conditions; however, for seniors, they are even more essential because they are more susceptible to medical emergencies. Although fairly simple in design, the bracelets hold an immense life-saving power because they basically provide a form of communication to medical professionals when someone is unable to speak. Continue reading
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Does this bracelet look familiar? It debuted last Wednesday as our ID of the Week. The Universal Sport Medical ID Band with the Contempo ID was a creation of our own to meet an overwhelming number of requests for an interchangeable sport band. We have found many customers wanting to use separate bracelets to serve different functions while using the same ID. A chain medical ID bracelet for everyday use, a beaded medical bracelet for more formal events and a sport medical band for the gym or a hike. This Velcro locked, quick dry band is the first compatible, comfortable and convenient sport option for our Contempo ID. The Universal Sport Medical ID Band is also compatible with our Wave and Max Contempo ID tags. Go ahead, tell us what you think of our new addition.