Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To avoid excessive bleeding and protect your joints:

  • Exercise regularly. Activities such as swimming, bicycle riding and walking can build up muscles while protecting joints. Contact sports — such as football, hockey or wrestling — are not safe for people with hemophilia.
  • Avoid certain pain medications. Drugs that can aggravate bleeding include aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others). Instead, use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), which is a safe alternative for mild pain relief.
  • Avoid blood-thinning medications. Medications that prevent blood from clotting include heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix) and prasugrel (Effient).
  • Practice good dental hygiene. The goal is to prevent tooth extraction, which can lead to excessive bleeding.
  • Protect your child from injuries that could cause bleeding. Kneepads, elbow pads, helmets and safety belts all may help prevent injuries from falls and other accidents. Keep your home free of furniture with sharp corners.
Sep. 26, 2014

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