What�s behind that nosebleed?

Progression: A diagram showing haemophilia's transmission in a family
Progression: A diagram showing haemophilia's transmission in a family

For most people, it is not unusual to experience a nosebleed once in a while. In fact, a nosebleed is almost universally seen as a minor inconvenience.

Maybe you walked around in the sun for too long, or you have a passing allergy.  No big deal right? Friday Phatshwane knows better.

As the founder and chairman of the Botswana Haemophilia Society, Phatshwane knows that while seemingly innocuous, a persistent nosebleed could be a harbinger for haemophilia, a relatively unknown condition in Botswana. If your joints start hurting and your feet swell, it may not be gout. Coupled with persistent nosebleeds, and easy bruising, you could have haemophilia.

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