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Able Donate Blood
Usually yes...: The American Red Cross keeps a website of deferral conditions and medications you can check. If not present, there is a phone # you can call to ask specifics: http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements ...Read more
It all depends: Congratulations on such an important decision. Donating blood is a community service that we can all participate in. You will have to check with the local agencies in your area to see what their rules are. Some have age requirements. Some have weight requirements. You'll only know after you do a little more research. Keep up the good work! ...Read more
Possibly: Because of its impact on blood clotting, you should ask the Red Cross directly, even though I did not find it on its deferral list of medications, since it is relatively new: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Good luck! ...Read more
No: You have an active infectious process, are contagious, and should wait until resolved and scabs have fallen off to try. ...Read more
Langerhans: There is a debate as to whether Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is malignant or a benign process. I consider it to be a malignant one. The Red Cross rejects blood from patients who have a diagnosis of malignancy. I would check with your local Red Cross Chapter and specifically ask their policy Clearwater Office 2481 Sunset Point Rd. Clearwater, FL 33765 Phone: (941) 629-4345 ...Read more
Coarctation: If you had a repaired coarctation and were now otherwise normal, donating blood should not be a problem. If the coarctation is not repaired and still is present, then donation wouldn't be allowed. ...Read more
No: Anti-C & D are antibodies and these are in your plasma. These are a result of the antigens present on your red cells and foreign antigens (in your case C & D) that you've been exposed to. This has more of an effect on who receives your blood products than you giving blood. Normal screening processes address this issue and make sure the recipient is compatible. ...Read more
I want to help others but have ITP (not on meds). Monthly plt count is usually 100 -120 unless sick (drops). Would I ever be able to donate blood? Thx
It depends: There are many different types of Brain tumors, so we need to know your exact diagnosis? Most patients who have had Cancer(other than skin cancer) are rejected by the blood bank because their blood may have circulating Tumors cells. But that is unlikely in the case of brain tumors(at least in most of them). ...Read more
I wasn't able to donate blood because I had sexual contact with another male. Why does this prevent me from donating blood?
Higher risk group: ONLY as a population-based screen, not suggesting any personal life-choice issues, men who have sex with men are more likely to have certain stds, including hepatitis and hiv, which can be transmitted by blood and MIGHT be missed by testing if at an early stage or lab error. So to keep blood supply as safe as possible, the entire group is excluded. I am not aware of any exception to this rule. ...Read more
Yes: Individuals with sickle trait are allowed to be blood donors. ...Read more
Will I be able to donate blood, after testing + for hep b core antibody and neg for hep b surface antigen?
Can you tell me if someone is able to donate blood, and they use your blood, does that mean they are 100% clear of std's?
Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is able to donate blood, and they use your blood, does that mean they are 100% clear of std's?
Hi, i feel sometimes tingling sensation on hands and rest of body as well. It's on/off. What it could be and am i able to donate blood or not?
See a doctor: I'm not sure what you have or the context in which you are having these symptoms. There are many causes of tingling sensation, but you'll need a physician to investigate this. As for being able to donate blood, you should clear that with the doctor who cares for you. Good luck! ...Read more