Board certified in hematology, internal medicine, and medical oncology, Kenneth D. Nahum practices with Regional Cancer Care Associates as a hematologist and oncologist. In this capacity, Kenneth D. Nahum has treated thousands of patients with various types of blood disorders.
A bleeding disorder characterized by poor blood clotting or abnormal bleeding, hemophilia is misunderstood by a large number of people. Following are three common misconceptions:
People outgrow it.
Since hemophilia is caused by a lack of a blood clotting protein, people do not outgrow the disorder. Nor does their hemophilia become less severe as they get older. In actuality, the amount of the blood clotting protein that a person has stays consistent throughout his or her life.
Minor cuts can kill someone with hemophilia.
In most cases, minor cuts are managed with a Band-Aid or other material to help the wound clot. These types of wounds are not fatal because hemophilia does not cause someone to bleed faster than normal. Internal bleeding is a concern for people with hemophilia, however, since their bodies are less capable of clotting properly.
Hemophilia is curable with the right vitamins and foods.
Unfortunately, vitamins and foods do not contain the essential clotting protein that people with hemophilia are missing. Certain vitamins or foods may control bleeding when taken at the time of an injury, but they cannot cure the disease.