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When you get hurt and your wounds bleed, you know that the bleeding would stop after a while. The bleeding stops because the blood starts to clot at the wound and that is ideally what happens with every person, young or old, our blood clots and that's just like the beginning of healing. But what if we continue to bleed and the blood doesn't clot? Well, this will cause excessive blood loss and leading to a condition that is known as Haemophilia. It is a rare disease and may be treatable but is generally not curable in most cases.
On World Haemophilia day, let us take a look at some facts that each one of us must know about this condition.
Haemophilia has three types A, B, and C. It is determined considering the clotting factor that is missing in a person.
The more the deficiency of a clotting factor of a person the more severe the case of an individual is.
Haemophilia is uncurable but the condition can be controlled and people can lead a normal life after a proper and long course of preventive treatment.
Haemophilia type C is less serious than A and B. It has also been found that type C haemophilia does not need IVs.
Clot type A, which is the most common of them all is seen in 1 in 5000, clot type B is seen in 1of 25000, and clot type C is seen in 1 of 100, 000 people which also happens
Haemophilia is seen to affect the boys more since the A and B clot types are carried on the X chromosome and thus girls are widely not the carriers of this disease. While the C clot type affects the male and the female equally.
The disease can be found out early in life. Severe cases can be found out after 1 month of birth while normal cases can actually take up to 18 months.
Hemophilia can result in kidney disease, heart disease, arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, weakness and particularly cranial hemorrhaging.
It is also considered to be a royal disease and it is believed that Queen Victoria first passed on this mutation to various other royal houses in Europe from where it later spread across.
Women may not be affected by this disease as much but they are carriers of this disease. A woman whose father has this condition might pass it on to her son while if she has a daughter then she might also become a carrier.