Receiving a diagnosis can be life-altering. You may have many questions for your healthcare provider and yet struggle with putting them into words. It helps to have an overview of the health condition along with potential options for management and treatment. BioMedomics has developed resources to help you better understand the health conditions detected by our tests and to support conversations with your healthcare provider about tests results, treatment options, and symptom management.
Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited blood disorders which affect hemoglobin, a protein that helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Healthy red blood cells with normal hemoglobin are round and move easily through small blood vessels. Red blood cells with the abnormal hemoglobin S variant become sticky and sickle-shaped. The more rigid sickle-shaped blood may have difficulty passing through small blood vessels and block normal blood flow which can lead to many of the complications of sickle cell disease.
Fungi are primitive microorganisms present everywhere in the environment, and human exposure is inevitable, but only about half of all types of fungi are harmful. Some fungi produce spores which can invade human tissue either through the skin or by inhalation. Fungal infections range from superficial, localized skin conditions to serious systemic disease. Most superficial fungal infections are easily treated with proper diagnosis and medications, but if left untreated, some can spread to the blood or lungs, significantly increasing health risks.