There are no treatments to cure sickle cell disease. Instead, treatment is aimed at managing the various symptoms in an effort to minimize complications. The goals of treatment include:

    
  • Managing and preventing acute crisis episodes
  • Managing chronic pain
  • Managing anemia
  • Preventing and treating infections
  • Managing complications and organ damage
  • Treatments include:

        
  • Medical support when needed such as:     
  • Oxygen
  • Intravenous fluids
  • Blood transfusion
  • Immunizations
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Lifestyle changes
  • New treatments under investigation include:

        
  • Gene therapy
  • Combination of clotrimazole and magnesium