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What are the cons of donating blood?

What are the cons of donating blood?

Not many.: Local reactions at the phlebotomy site:

bruise at the needle site — 23 percent
sore arm — 10 percent
hematoma at needle site — 2 percent
sensory changes in the arm used for donation (eg, burning pain, numbness, tingling) — 1 percent

systemic reactions:

fatigue — 8 percent
vasovagal symptoms — 5 percent
nausea and vomiting — 1 percent. ...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 soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

How soon can you donate plasma after donating blood?

56 days: Whole blood donation starts the 8 week donation time-out. Plasma or platelet donations have much shorter intervals, but whole blood is 56 days. ...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 of the blood volume back so you may feel a bit better vs whole blood donation. ...Read more

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I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am I still able to donate?

I am thinking of donating blood very soon, but I have smoked weed within the past month, am I still able to donate?

Should be: I agree with dr. Pappas. History of IV drug use excludes. You can find a list of eligibility requirements at: http://www. Redcrossblood. Org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-topic. ...Read more

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"save lives by donating blood 3 times a year." is it safe to donate blood 3 times a year? I want to donate blood but I'm not sure if it'll affect me.

"save lives by donating blood 3 times a year." is it safe to donate blood 3 times a year? I want to donate blood but I'm not sure if it'll affect me.

Yes: What benefit would it be to kill off blood donors? Yes it is perfectly safe for healthy adults to donate every 56 days (up to 6 times per year). ...Read more

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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

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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 (may be 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...: ...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 many 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?

~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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Can giving blood trigger mania in BP Type I? 5 yrs w/o mania. 48 hrs after donating feeling off kilter. Last manic episode followed blood donation.

Can giving blood trigger mania in BP Type I? 5 yrs w/o mania. 48 hrs after donating feeling off kilter. Last manic episode followed blood donation.

Not to my knowledge.: One has nothing to do with the other. Other factors may have contributed to the manic episode. Unless you have a big reaction to Blood, this is a no. ...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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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 - 15, give or take 1 or two. ...Read more

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Do regular blood donation contribute to the amount of cholesterol in our body?

Do regular blood donation contribute to the amount of cholesterol in our body?

No, but prevents CAD: Donating blood does not affect cholesterol levels but lowers iron, which reduces oxidative stress & can reduce risk of getting a heart attack by as much as 88%!
see http://blog. Lef. Org/2010/07/health-benefits-from-donating-blood. Html. ...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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Is it normal/usual to have a feeling of well-being, calmness and relaxation the day after a blood donation?

Is it normal/usual to have a feeling of well-being, calmness and relaxation the day after a blood donation?

NOT AT ALL ABNORMAL: The effect of doing something nice, of value, for others is often VERY relaxing.... (Not to mention the feeling of being HEALTHY which you have after being SCREENED for such a donation! KEEP GIVING!

and KEEP RECEIVING!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...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