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What is isadvantage of blood donation?

What is isadvantage of blood donation?

Few if healthy: I am assuming the message reads 'disadvantage'. If so then the disadvantages are: mild pain at the needle site, volume loss replaceable with oral fluids; iron loss replaceable with oral iron supplements. It is the 'gift of life' for the recipients. ...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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How do I restore from a blood donation faster?

How do I restore from a blood donation faster?

Blood donation: You don' have to do special effort. Nature or your body makes it up. 2million red cells are produced in a second. For volume or plasma loss, you can drink plenty of water, juices, soups or liquids. Thanks. ...Read more

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What are the types of blood donation frequency?

What are the types of blood donation frequency?

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 done every 112 days (2x as long as single). Other pheresis donations can be for plasma or platelets, and they have much shorter interval periods (maybe 3-7 days). Talk to the Red Cross for more information. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of blood donation gone wrong?

What are symptoms of blood donation gone wrong?

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, red--can indicate thrombophlebitis--irritation/clot in area or (tiny) potential for infection. Reactions VERY uncommon. A VERY safe procedure and highly encouraged! ...Read more

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Which sort of foods should I eat before a blood donation?

Which sort of foods should I eat before a blood donation?

~1hr before...: ~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 just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss. ...Read more

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What to do if I have blood donation question (please help!)?

What to do if I have blood donation question (please help!)?

Search or ask: Just as with this question--ask it. There are much blood donation related questions already posted/answered, you might start with reviewing some of them to see if your answer is already waiting for you--if not, just pose the question and we'll answer it! ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after giving a blood donation?

How long should I wait to exercise after giving a blood donation?

Two days!: Minimum time to increase plasma volume which determines cardiac output. However, your bloods oxygen carrying capacity will be diminshed for several weeks, giving you a slight decremetal performance. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are good things to eat prior to blood donation?

Could you tell me what are good things to eat prior to blood donation?

~1hr before...: ~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 just as likely as if on empty stomach. Few days before, iron-rich foods (red meat if so inclined), dark greens, good nutritious food so body has what it will need to start to replace lost unit. Continue after for 1-2 days while replenishing loss. ...Read more

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Can they tell you who your blood donation gets given to when you give blood?

Can they tell you who your blood donation gets given to when you give blood?

No: That would violate patient (/recipient) confidentiality, so are not able to. ...Read more

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Could they tell you who your blood donation gets given to when you give blood?

Could they tell you who your blood donation gets given to when you give blood?

No: That would violate patient (/recipient) confidentiality, so are not able to. ...Read more

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I haven't slept since more than 18 hours And I have to make blood donation, Is that okey??

I haven't slept since more than 18 hours And I have to make blood donation, Is that okey??

Yes: Thanks for donating. When I was a young doctor, I would donate tired or not. Don't drive after if you do not feel safe. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if something abnormal showed up in your pint blood donation, would the nhs contact you?

Red Cross sends ltr,: Advising you of abnormality, often identifying it or at least narrowing it down, and directing you to your dr for further evaluation as indicated. ...Read more

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I did these tests, what dose the result mean? Anti-hbs 39.71 ml reactive. Anti-hbcll 0.72 s/co nonreactive. My last blood donation wasn't accepted.

Possible reason: My guess is that you have been immunized against hepatitis b which is the anti_hbs. You have antibodies against a protein on the surface of the virus; this is a normal response to the vaccine. You don't have the core antibody which is what we see after infection (anti hbc) if you were recently vaccinated you should wait at least 4-6 weeks before donating blood. ...Read more

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If blood donation is good for health?

If blood donation is good for health?

Yes!: Donating blood is one of the best things men can do for their health. This is because iron is a pro-oxidant, increasing risk of heart disease & cancer. Donating blood reduces our iron load. One study found men who donate blood once a year had an 88% lower risk of heart attack!
It also lowers risk of several types of cancer!
See http://blog. Lef. Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood. Html. ...Read more

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When can I masturbate after a blood donation?

When can I masturbate after a blood donation?

Wait until at home: That does not count as the "strenuous activity" you are instructed to avoid, and while intercourse best allowed 4-8 hours to recuperate, no specific time out for self. Might try to not over-flex arm with dressing on it to be sure it doesn't "leak." ...Read more

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How long should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

Not long: It might be recommended to wait a few hours to let the puncture site heal a bit and rehydrate, but usually no more than that needed for light exercise. ...Read more

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When donating blood is it better to do a whole blood donation or apheresis?

Apheresis: Is associated with less dizziness since they give you some blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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Haemoglobin levels 13.6 for blood donation is that too high female 21 years?

Haemoglobin levels 13.6 for blood donation is that too high female 21 years?

No: Depending on the lab, normal hemoglobin levels are anywhere from 12 to 15, give or take 1 or two. ...Read more

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How long am I suppose to wait to exercise after giving an apheresis blood donation?

Usually next day OK: The phlebotomist / nurse will instruct you as you are being bandaged at the end of the process to avoid tobacco for a few hours, alcohol for the day, heavy lifting (--or strenuous activity--) for 8 hours or until the next day, etc. If you will be using your arms a lot, might be wise to put a bandaid over puncture site, but should be ok by next day. ...Read more

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Bilirubin and blood donation. Pls I want to know if there is any link between frequent blood donation and hyperbilirubinaemia?

Bilirubin and blood donation.
 Pls I want to know if there is any link between frequent blood donation and hyperbilirubinaemia?

None: They are unrelated if donating whole blood. There "theoretically" might be a weak link if you are doing pheresis (using a machine to collect blood components) for your donation, but I have never seen a case with any linkage. ...Read more

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I went for blood donation, and they informed me that my hemoglobins is 19.6 is that dangerous, I am not feeling anything. I am a smoker thank you?

I went for blood donation, and they informed me that my hemoglobins is 19.6 is that dangerous, I am not feeling anything. I am a smoker thank you?

Erythrocytosis: Indeed, you have a high hemoglobin level we call it erythrocytosis which could be primary the so called polycythemia vera or secondary due to smoking, lung disease (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or rarely due to tumors in the kidney and liver. I would recommend that you check blood test for JAK2 mutation and erythropoitine levels. Donation is actually very helpful for your ...Read more

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I have delayed blood donation reaction?

I have delayed blood donation reaction?

What reaction?: Hard to answer your question if you don't describe what you experienced. ...Read more

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Can blood donation lower down blood pressure?

Yes: But only for a short time (for hours) and should drink water or have some salty food afterward. ...Read more

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Which arm is preferred for blood donation, Right or left??

Which arm is preferred for blood donation, Right or left??

Does not matter: It is your choice. If one arm has a more readily accessible vein, that would be preferable for ease of collection.
I commend you for wanting to donate blood.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What can I do for this pain in my forearm after blood donation?

What can I do for this pain in my forearm after blood donation?

Heat, ibuprofen: You likely have a phlebitis (inflamed vein) in your arm. You can use Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory meds. Applying heat can help too. This should resolve over the course of a week or so. ...Read more

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Could a blood donation to the Red Cross detect that I have MRSA?

No: That is not tested for, since if it was in your blood you would be very sick. Carrier state is tested usually by a nasal swab and culture. ...Read more

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Which states permit blood donation under 17 with parental consent?

Check website: The american red cross has a page where you can enter your zip code and download the specific consent form required for your state if it is allowed: http://www.Redcrossblood. Org/students/sixteen Good luck! ...Read more