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Are there any down side to giving blood?

Are there any down side to giving blood?

Transient fatigue: Transient fatigue, tenderness or bruising at the needle puncture site--generally none that are significant or long lasting. ...Read more

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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 long can it take before you can perform strenuous activities after giving blood?

How long can it take before you can perform strenuous activities after giving blood?

Blood: If you are healthy enough, do not feel weak, diziness fatigue one can get plenty of fluid and can do moderate excersize day or two and resume routine if no any problems. ...Read more

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How much time to recover from giving blood?

How much time to recover from giving blood?

Depends on meaning..: Your body replaces the missing fluid volume within 24-48 hours. The red cells are usually replaced within about 10 days, but 56-day between donation period used to be certain recovery complete. Regular donors usually feel fine w/in 4-6 hrs, new donors 4-12. Good hydration helps. ...Read more

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Why did I have a near-syncope episode after giving blood?

Why did I have a near-syncope episode after giving blood?

Be careful: It is common to feel somewhat light headed after donating blood. Everyone reacts differently, but by donating you are briefly compromising your own circulatory effectiveness for a short period of time. It rebounds very quickly. ...Read more

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What to eat that'll help me with giving blood tomorrow?

Blood donation: Just a normal meal. Great that you are giving blood. That is a selfless act. Hydrate well. Take care. ...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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How long after giving blood should I wait to masturbate?

How long after giving blood should I wait to masturbate?

It's up to you: I would at least wait until you leave the center where you gave blood. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Giving blood tomorrow at 1pm, have a date at 8pm...would effect of a couple of beers be more increased than usual, or marginally?

Giving blood tomorrow at 1pm, have a date at 8pm...would effect of a couple of beers be more increased than usual, or marginally?

Thank you: Thank you for donating blood and being a good citizen. Drink 2-3 glasses of water before you donate and 2-3 glasses of juice after donating. I would not recommend beer even if you did not donate blood. Alcohol does no good to any one. 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 or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more