Personalizing Your Treatment Plan
Your treatment plan will depend on a number of factors:
- The cause of the disorder
- The severity of the disorder
- Your age
- Your overall health
Some conditions, such as iron-deficiency or Vitamin B12 anemia, can be effectively treated with oral supplements.
Other conditions may require medication to stimulate blood cell production, or steroids to suppress your body’s natural immune response.
Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, can be treated by a number of methods, from platelet transfusions to additional clotting factors.
Conditions where your blood forms clots too easily and put you at risk for pulmonary embolism are often treated with oral blood thinning medication.
If your condition becomes severe and you are having difficulty controlling anemia or bleeding, your doctor may recommend a blood transfusion. After confirming your blood type, you’ll receive an IV infusion of donor blood. It generally takes a few hours to perform a blood transfusion, but you should experience immediate results. Unfortunately, while a blood transfusion can improve your symptoms, it does not address the underlying causes of your blood disorder.