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Hemophilia Myths and Facts
For more information on these and other myths and facts, visit the Midwest Hemophilia Association website (http://midwesthemophilia.org).
If a person with hemophilia gets a cut, they will bleed to death.
Highly unlikely. People with hemophilia do not bleed any faster, they just cannot stop bleeding as quickly or as easily as people who do not have hemophilia. Small cuts are generally not a cause for concern; compression and a bandage is usually enough in most cases. For joint and muscle bleeds, apply usual first aid treatment, including rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).
Hemophilia affects only males.
While many people assume hemophilia affects only males, females can be carriers and also suffer from some bleeding symptoms. It is very rare that females inherit the severe form of hemophilia.
Patients with hemophilia always have a family history of the disease.
Nearly one-third of hemophilia cases have no family history of the disease.