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Will I be able to donate blood while on meds?

Will I be able to donate blood while on meds?

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

Dr. Donald Alves
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Blood Donation (Definition)

Blood donation is the act of giving ones blood to a blood bank, so that it may be used in the future to help someone else. People with transmissible viral diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis C, are not able to donate blood, as ...Read more


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Will I be able to donate blood when I turn 17?

Will I be able to donate blood when I turn 17?

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

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What conditions can cause you to not be able to donate blood?

What conditions can cause you to not be able to donate blood?

Several, see list: American Red Cross maintains a list of the deferral conditions/medications you can review at: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical-listing ...Read more

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Will I be able to donate blood while taking lysteda?

Will I be able to donate blood while taking lysteda?

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

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If I have raynaud's disease, will I still be able to donate blood?

If I have raynaud's disease, will I still be able to donate blood?

Yes: Raynaud's syndrome, a spasm of the small vessels of the hands, is most often related to cold weather, emotional stress, or a multitude of other factors. Raynaud's is not a communicable disease and certainly not spread by blood. Donate away! ...Read more

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What to do if I currently have shingles am I able to donate blood?

What to do if I currently have shingles am I able to donate blood?

No: You have an active infectious process, are contagious, and should wait until resolved and scabs have fallen off to try. ...Read more

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Will I be able to donate blood after having langerhans cell histiocytosis?

Will I be able to donate blood after having langerhans cell histiocytosis?

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
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Will I be able to donate blood if I had coarctation of the aorta?

Will I be able to donate blood if I had coarctation of the aorta?

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

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If I am Blood type O- & have Anti C & Anti D, does that effect my being able to donate blood?

If I am Blood type O- & have Anti C & Anti D, does that effect my being able to donate blood?

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

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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

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

ITP: A prior history of ITP is NOT a contraindication to giving blood, but I do not know how recent your illness is or the course. I would have you give your hematologist a call and ask them if you can now donate. I appreciate your giving spirit! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Will I be able to donate blood after a brain tumour?

Will I be able to donate blood after a brain tumour?

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

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I wasn't able to donate blood because I had sexual contact with another male. Why does this prevent me from donating blood?

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

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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 if someone is able to donate blood, and they use your blood, does that mean they are 100% clear of std's?

Not necessarily: Units are tested for evidence of a few stds that could be passed in the blood. However there are several that are not like gonorrhea and would have any evidence in the blood. ...Read more

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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?

Indeed they will: Check for syphilis and hiv, likely the hepatitis b, c, d etc., but they do not check for gonorrhea or chlamydia. If you are randomly promiscuous, you probably should not donate blood. Even if with one partner, one can never tell. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Will I be able to donate blood if I take metformin and am on my period?

Will I be able to donate blood if I take metformin and am on my period?

Technically...yes...: But, not recommended to donate blood while on period--increases risk of unpleasant response to donation (/fainting/nausea), might fail initial hemoglobin test, and better to wait until a few days after period done. Metformin not a problem. ...Read more

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