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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
56 days: Whole blood donation starts the 8 week donation time-out. Plasma or platelet donations have much shorter intervals, but whole blood is 56 days.

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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Likely : Concentration in serum. Red cells are incidental.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Donating blood: When you donate, they'll ask questions about your health, travel, and sexual history to make sure it's safe for you to donate, and for your blood to b ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
It is safe.: The only potential problem with donating too often is developing iron deficiency from the loss of blood. The blood bank checks before taking blood to ... Read More
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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

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