Boots WebMD Partners in Health
Return To Boots


BMJ Group Medical Reference

If you haven't been getting enough oxygen, your red blood cells can change from being disc-shaped to sickle-shaped. Sickle cells can stick together and block your blood vessels, which causes pain. So you may need extra oxygen if the oxygen levels in your blood are low. Oxygen treatment is always recommended if you have acute chest syndrome. Acute chest syndrome is a dangerous problem with your lungs. It can cause difficulty breathing. (To learn more, see What will happen to me?) However, we don't know if giving oxygen treatment will help your pain. [36]


For references related to Sickle cell disease click here.
Last Updated: August 15, 2013
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

Popular slideshows & tools on BootsWebMD

woman looking at pregnancy test
Early pregnancy symptoms
donut on plate
The truth about sugar addiction
smiling african american woman
Best kept secrets for beautiful hair
couple watching sunset
How much do you know?
nappy being changed
How to change your baby's nappy
woman using moisturizer
Causes and home solutions
assorted spices
Pump up the flavour with spices
bag of crisps
Food cravings that wreck your diet
woman with cucumbers on eyes
How to banish dark circles and bags
probiotic shakes
Help digestion
polka dot dress on hangar
Lose weight without dieting