Managing Your Hemophilia
With the right treatment and self care, you or your child can maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
Common medical treatments to manage hemophilia include:
- Injected clotting factor replacement
- Oral medications, such as Amicar, to prevent bleeding during dental work
To manage your hemophilia:
- Exercise regularly. Low-impact activities such as swimming, bike riding, and walking are good options.
- Avoid contact sports such as football and hockey.
- Wear protective gear. Use kneepads and elbow pads to protect yourself or your child from injury. Always wear a helmet while riding a bike.
- Get vaccinated. Follow your doctor’s immunization schedule and get the hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccine, if you haven’t already done so.
- Ask your doctor for safe pain medications. Avoid medications containing aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), which may increase your risk of bleeding.
- Steer clear of blood-thinning medications. Medications that prevent blood from clotting will cause you to bleed more, so talk to your doctor about which medications are safe for you.
- Maintain good dental hygiene. See your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups.