Topic Overview

Home treatment for
sickle cell disease includes steps you can take to
control some of the complications caused by the disease. Develop a plan with
your doctor for home treatment of symptoms, and follow this plan as symptoms

Priapism is a condition in which the penis stays erect
without sexual stimulation. Priapism is usually painful. If
priapism occurs, remember these home treatment tips:footnote 1

  • Urinate often to avoid feeling the need to
    urinate. Don’t wait until you feel the need.
  • Take medicine to relieve pain.
  • Drink extra fluids.
  • Seek emergency treatment, if the pain is especially severe
    or the problem doesn’t go away in 2 to 3 hours. Treatment
    may include fluids (hydration), pain medicines, and blood transfusions.

Related Information



  1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (2002). The Management of Sickle Cell Disease (NIH Publication No. 02-2117). Available online:


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Martin Steinberg, MD – Hematology

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017