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Can I Donate Blood If I Have Anemia Thalassemia Beta Trait
If anemic, no: The red cross won't let people who are anemic donate blood. People are checked for anemia at their screening for blood donation, and if your hemoglobin is less than 12.5 they will not allow you to donate blood. Not everyone with beta thalassemia trait is anemic, so there is a chance that you may pass the screening. However, if you know that you often have a low hemoglobin, expect to be turned away. ...Read more
Yes: As long as you meet the donor requirements for donation, then having beta-thalassemia is not a criterion for exclusion. However, females with beta-thalassemia trait rarely meet the donor criterion of hemoglobin of 12 gm/dl and are frequently deferred. ...Read more
Maybe: With thalassemia trait your hemoglobin level may be too low to qualify for donating blood. The trait does not disqualify you based on listings of various donation center sites. You do have to have to meat other age and health requirements. Look up some info at the carter blood care center site or the american red cross. ...Read more
If someone with thalassemia trait were to donate blood, would the recipients of that blood be carriers?
No: The donated blood does not alter the recipients system in the long term. The blood cells each have a lifespan approaching 90-100 days after release, then they are broken down in the body and recycled. Blood donation helps a patient catch up with blood losses in the short term and provide stability of the system while it heals. ...Read more
Maybe: A person with Alpha thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. ...Read more
I'm 16, have PCOS, had long periods last month, recently got diagnosed microcytic hypochromic anemia & beta thalassemia trait. Are these all related?
Danger: I am not sure how you could be so misinformed, but am very happy you reached out to us. An anemic patient needs blood to survive. They should not in any way be donating blood. That puts their life at risk and is completely a wrong decision. ...Read more
How can I be able to tell if I have iron deficiency anemia? I donate blood regularly and I'm always tired, I get regular headaches and I'm extremely dizzy when I get up from sitting or laying. Recently I've been having these horrible chest pains to.
Blood test positive for sickle cell anemia doctor said she is not sure if it is the trait or the actual illness! What do I do next?
Depends: If your doctor did a sickledex that was positive, this might not distinguish between sickle trait and sickle cell disease. The next test is a hemoglobin electrophoresis. If this shows mainly HGB a with HGB s, this is sickle trait. If both a and s but more s, this is sickle/beta+ thalassemia. If only s, sickle cell disease or sickle/beta 0thalassemia. Your doctor can explain what these mean. ...Read more
Can a father with normal blood and a mother with sickle cell trait have a child with sickle cell anemia?
Had recent trouble with severe anemia. Red blood cell count went down to a six. I ended up in the hospital getting transfused with three units of blood. Does sickle cell trait effect anemia?
Sickle cell trait...: Will not produce the anemia that you describe. You should work with your dr. To identify the cause and to correct it. I hope that you are feeling better after the care you received, and together with your dr you will get to the bottom of it. Good luck to you. Keep us posted. ...Read more
No: The patient with beta thalassemia is anemic and he himself receives blood. ...Read more
Yes, but unlikely: A person with beta thalassemia trait may be not anemic or mildly anemic. If he is not anemic, he can be a blood donor. However, since he has a more difficult time making hemoglobin (to make new red blood cells), he may not wish to be a blood donor. ...Read more
Yes: Individuals with sickle trait are allowed to be blood donors. ...Read more
Thal trait: Maybe. Full disease no.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possible: It mainly depends on the status of anemia at the time when the individual with Alpha thalassemia minor present at donation (hemoglobin higher than 12.5 or hematocrit at 38 or higher). You also need to comply to other criteria as qualified blood donor which vary between states in the us. ...Read more
Sickle cell trait: If you have the trait you can donate blood, but if you have the disease you are not eligible ...Read more
My 3yr old daughter has an Alpha thalassemia trait which I found she inherited from me. We're the same blood type could that have been the reason?
Inheritance: Both are inherited characteristics and are simply due to the fact that you are her mother (and were also affected by the father)...they aren't "linked" together. Thalasemias are due to production defects in hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying part of your red blood cells. Blood type (A, B, O) is due to carbohydrate groups on the red cells. Whichever type you have is your blood type. ...Read more
Safe if necessary: Blood transfusions are given only when necessary especially in the younger population or blood disorders. Transfusions are necessary for major bleeding resulting in shock, low blood pressures, or continued blood loss. All transfusions are screened and safe but there is always a 1-3% risk of a clerical error. Pts. With blood disorders face increased risk of blood transfusion reactions. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Did you look at the website reference I sent? It is quite informative. You will be best served with a visit to a specialist to get all your questions answered. It is clear you are so worried about this, and it would be so much more reassuring to have a face to face visit with someone who can answer all your great questions. ...Read more
Maybe: Ice cravings has been reported as a symptom of iron deficiency anemia. Some people believe ice cravings also occur in other forms of anemia, such as thalassemia anemias. It is not known how many non-anemic persons have ice cravings, so it is unknown how likely it would be for a ice cravings to occur coincidentally with an anemia but not due to the anemia. ...Read more
Not if just 1 trait: Having either beta thalassemia trait or sickle cell trait is a mild condition and should not cause symptoms to the point of making a person frequently ill nor shortening life expectancy. Having beta thalassemia major or sickle cell disease, or both sickle cell trait and beta thalassemia trait, usually causes severe enough chronic disease symptoms to shorten lifespan an uncertain amount. ...Read more
Recently donated blood when blood was tested in lingered instead of sunk, did test for anemia but tested negative - what could the floating blood mean?
More than one thing:
It may be that your hemoglobin levels is at the borderline of normal and low. It may be due to high lipids in your blood. You may wish to consult your doctor for follow-up tests and explanation.
I commend you for your altruism and donating blood.
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Is it possible to get a normal FBE but have the thalassemic trait? My Hb is 12 and blood film & RDW is normal.
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