& Treatment

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Haemophilia and Treatment

Types of bleeds

People with haemophilia do not necessarily bleed more often than those who do not have the condition, but having haemophilia means the bleeding can take longer to stop. In certain parts of the body bleeding can cause problems if it goes on for too long.

Certain types of bleeds, or bleeding in particular parts of the body, will need medical attention, and you should contact your haemophilia centre team immediately if there is bleeding for any reason in any of these areas:

  • Head
  • Eye
  • Throat or neck
  • Abdomen or stomach
  • Kidney or bladder

The team in your haemophilia centre can give you lots of advice on how to manage different types of bleeding, how to treat bleeds, and when they will want you to go to the centre to be treated. They will also be able to teach you how to recognise the signs of bleeding into a joint, which is a typical location of bleeding in people with severe haemophilia. Bleeding into a muscle can also occur, sometimes after vigorous exercise, and the team in your centre can advise you how to prevent this, and how to treat it if it does happen.