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A 21-year-old member asked:

how long does it take to recover from donating blood?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Usually < 24 hours: Donating blood is a great thing for the community but occassionally one sometimes experience mild side effects from donating. One can experience lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, and tiredness. These symptoms nearly always resolve within 24 hours, faster if you stay very hydrated and don't skip any meals.
Dr. Tapan Joshi
Pain Management 27 years experience
Instant: Instant.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can lupus (sle) patients donate blood ever?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Check with blood ban: The blood bank will not accept blood from people with a tive lupus. They may accept blood from someone with inscribe lupus after a wash out period of inactivity.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What diseases would exclude me from donating blood?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
A few below: Leukemias & lymphomas, chronic fatigue syndrome, cjd or blood relative with cjd, dura mater transplant, human pituitary growth hormone, hemochromatosis, history of cmv/ebv/hepatitis b or c, hiv, 12 months after returning from malaria-endemic area or 3 years after completing treatment, sickle cell disease (but not trait), active tb, blood transfusion since '80 in uk, h/o IV drugs, pregnancy.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
The American Red Cross posts its eligibility criteria (which lists things that make you ineligible as well) on line: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-topic
Aug 12, 2013
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How is donating blood good for your health?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Not much: Its good for your spirit. Blood has its own way of replenishing itself. All blood cells have limited life span, after which, the spleen degrades them naturally.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Possible benefit surrounds the opportunity to exchange the body's iron molecules (see "The Iron Elephant," among others, or google "coordination chemistry" for the concept). Just being a hero to three people who you don't know and don't know you should be good!
Aug 12, 2013
A 35-year-old member asked:

Clotting disorder means you can or cannot donate blood?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Can't donate: I'm pretty sure that that would not let you donate , and for good reason- nobody receiving blood wants to acquire a problem with clotting or bleeding.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What do you get for "donating" blood, since it is no longer paid for?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Satisfaction: You get the satisfaction of helping another person without having to be paid for it. I think that is something you cannot buy. We don't have enough people donating blood to meet the need. Way to go.

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