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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Glassman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Blood donation: Most of the benefit is for the recipient of your blood and that in itself is a benefit. However, sometimes if your blood count is high, donating blood ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It is normally at: Least 110 pounds.
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Iron: If you're slow in recovering from blood donation, have your serum iron level checked as you need normal levels to manufacture red blood cells.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Unclear Q, but...: Whole blood donation is every 56 days. A pheresis machine can collect 2 units of red blood cells at one time, returning other components--this can be ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Now or Later?: While donating, person can get sweaty, nausea, dizzy...and may vomit or faint--a stress reaction to needle poke. Later, vessel can get tender, hard, r ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Nothing special: Just be well hydrated. There is no special diet required.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Search or ask: Just as with this question--ask it. There are many blood donation related questions already posted/answered, you might start with reviewing some of th ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Two days!: Minimum time to increase plasma volume which determines cardiac output. However, your bloods oxygen carrying capacity will be diminshed for several w ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
~1hr before...: ...A light snack and prehydrate with about 1/2-1 liter of your preferred beverage. Shouldn't donate w/full stomach w/heavy meal, as may get nausea jus ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: That would violate patient (/recipient) confidentiality, so are not able to.

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