Dating someone with sickle cell trait
Extreme exercise may also precipitate problems and if you are a professional athlete you should have a training programme that takes account of this.
However, the high incidence of sickle cell trait (in which some of the red blood cells become sickle shaped) in populations in whom malaria is endemic, hints at a relationship between sickle cell and malaria.
Newborn screening also detects babies who have the trait (also known as a carrier) for sickle cell disease.
To all pregnant women early in pregnancy (ideally by ten weeks) .
These painful episodes are referred to as Sickle Cell crisis.
They are treated with strong painkillers such as morphine to control the pain.