Managing Bleeds

Prompt treatment may help stop bleeds early. This can help prevent tissue damage and reduce the amount of clotting factor used to stop the bleeding.

Tips for Managing Bleeds1,2

  • Learn to recognize the early signs and symptoms of internal bleeding in a joint 
    • A “tingling” sensation or aura at a joint is a common first sign of internal bleeding
    • Limited motion, pain, or swelling of any joint
  • Carry identification with the most important medical information, including:
    • Type of hemophilia, severity, and inhibitor status
    • Type of treatment
    • Doctor/clinic contact information
  • Know when to call the doctor or go to the emergency room. For example:
  • Ask about first aid tips for bleeds in joints, muscles, and soft tissue
References: 1. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute website. What is hemophilia? Accessed September 17, 2014. 2. World Federation of Hemophilia website. Guidelines for the management of Accessed September 17, 2014.