There are various blood disorders that one can suffer from, however there are only a few which are inherently life threatening. Any disorder of the blood that goes untreated for long can prove to be life threatening. But all such diseases can be successfully treated even if the diagnosis is at a later stage.
There are few blood diseases for which medicine has not devised a full 100% treatment and cure after a late diagnosis. Treatment is possible, but it is a lifelong treatment. In those cases where the patient can afford the treatment or the treatment is made available, the person can expect to live a normal though somewhat hindered life. In other cases, without treatment these diseases can prove to be fatal.
The Diseases – Causes & Symptoms
AIDS or (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the most fatal disorder of the blood. It is caused by the HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) when it enters our blood stream. The disease starts with an HIV infection where there might not be any symptoms for 10 years. However, if untreated, it will develop into AIDS. As the body’s immune system crashes in this disease, the person becomes more susceptible to other infections and diseases.
Aplastic Anemia is a very rare disorder where the person’s bone marrow is affected and can no longer produce red blood cells. As a result the body’s immunity fails. The blood disorder’s symptoms include sudden unexpected infections, inability to recover, tiredness, causeless bleeding etc. If not treated, the infections may overpower the body and prove to be fatal.
Sepsis is a bacterial infection that affects the blood. Toxins are released in the blood and this can be life threatening. The blood disease’s symptoms include unexplainable rise and fall in temperature, a fall in the blood pressure, fast heartbeat, delirium, chills etc.
In all these afflictions, treatment is a long and arduous series of medical practices and procedures that may last throughout your life. Of the various types of blood diseases that can prove fatal, these are the ones that can afflict anyone. The few remaining are hereditary and thus not dangerous to everyone.
Though AIDS and HIV can be prevented by practicing safe sex, sterile blood transfusion etc, the other two are hard to prevent. They are rare, so that means that there is no immediate danger of contracting them. However, the efficacy of treatment depends on the diagnosis. If one gets regular tests and checkups, diagnosis and treatment can help one lead a normal life.