The Effects of Thalassemia on Human Health
Hereditary diseases result in some of the worst effects on human health. This paper seeks to utilize a media source in the description of thalassemia. According to the site, “Thalassemia is an inherited autosomal recessive blood disease characterized by abnormal hemoglobin production.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thalassemia).
2. What is thalassemia?
Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that is passed down from parents to their children. It affects the hemoglobin in the blood, which carries oxygen to the cells in the body. People with thalassemia have less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells than normal, which can cause problems such as anemia, bone deformities, and organ damage. There are two main types of thalassemia: alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia. Alpha thalassemia occurs when there is a problem with the production of alpha globin, while beta thalassemia occurs when there is a problem with the production of beta globin.
3. Causes of thalassemia
The cause of thalassemia is a mutation in the genes that control hemoglobin production. These mutations are passed down from parents to their children. The severity of the disorder depends on how many genes are affected by the mutation. In general, the more genes that are affected, the more severe the disorder will be.
4. Types of thalassemia
There are two main types of thalassemia: alpha thalassemia and beta thalassemia. Alpha thalassemia occurs when there is a problem with the production of alpha globin, while beta thalassemia occurs when there is a problem with the production of beta globin. There are four different types of alpha thalassemia: silent carrier, hemoglobin H disease, hydrops fetalis, and alpha-thalassemia major (also known as Cooley’s anemia). Silent carrier is the mildest form of alpha thalassemia and usually does not cause any symptoms. Hemoglobin H disease is a more severe form of alpha thalassemia that can cause anemia and other health problems. Hydrops fetalis is a very severe form of alpha trypanosomiasis that can be fatal if not treated early. Alpha-thalassemia major (Cooley’s anemia) is also a very severe form of alpha trypanosomiasis that can be fatal if not treated early. Beta-thalassemia has two different forms: beta-thalasseamia minor (also known as Mediterranean anemia) and beta-thalasseamia major (also known as Jaksch anemia). Beta-thalasseamia minor is a milder form of beta-thalasseamia that usually does not cause any symptoms. Beta-thalassaemia major is a more severe form of beta-thalassaemia that can cause anemia and other health problems.
5. Symptoms of Thalassaemia
Symptoms of Thalaesima include fatigue, weakness, paleness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, dizziness or fainting spells, headache, cold hands and feet, and increased infections. People with Thalassemia may also have abdominal swelling, enlarged spleen or liver, and bone deformities.
6. Diagnosis of Thalassemia
Thalassemia can be diagnosed with a blood test called hemoglobin electrophoresis. This test is used to measure the different types of hemoglobin in the blood. A person with thalassemia will have an abnormal hemoglobin electrophoresis result.
7. Treatment of Thalassemia
There is no cure for thalassemia, but treatment can help manage the symptoms and improve the quality of life. Treatment options include regular blood transfusions, iron chelation therapy, and bone marrow transplant. Blood transfusions are used to replace the missing red blood cells. Iron chelation therapy is used to remove excess iron from the body. Bone marrow transplant is a newer treatment option that can be used to treat people with severe thalassemia.
8. Prevention of Thalassemia
There is no way to prevent thalassemia, but there are ways to reduce the risk of passing it on to your children. If you have thalassemia, you should see a genetic counselor before having children. You should also have your children tested for thalassemia before they are born. If you are planning to travel to a country where thalassemia is common, you should get vaccinated against it.
In conclusion, thalassemia is a serious hereditary disorder that can cause a number of health problems. Early diagnosis and treatment are important for managing the symptoms and improving the quality of life. There is no cure for thalassemia, but new treatments options are being developed all the time.