Sickle Cell Hair Awareness
By Erma W.
It's always the right time to be aware. We must be aware of our bodily functions and how they affect our goals. This is especially true when it comes to hair. Since September is Sickle Cell Awareness month, let's take a closer look at how sickle cells affects the hair.
Sickle cell is named after the red blood cells that are shaped like a sickle. These abnormally-shaped cells get stuck in blood vessels and block the flow of blood. This can cause pain and lead to organ damage. Unfortunately, the affects of sickle-cell extend to the hair as well. Sickle-cell anemia, a blood disorder that occurs when the level of red blood cells in the body becomes too low, can result in severe hair loss. There is no cure for sickle-cell, but the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a diet of adequate calories, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Also, the CDC also encourages regular water intake to prevent dehydration. Sickle-cell trait, a condition in which someone inherits a sickle-cell gene from one parent. In most cases, there are no symptoms.
Sickle-cell anemia's relationship to hair loss is important because we often think that our hair isn't retaining length due to steps we aren't taking. Sometimes, our hair reacts as it does because of internal issues. Stay aware!