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How long does it take to recover from donating blood?

How long does it take to recover from donating blood?

Usually < 24 hours: Donating blood is a great thing for the community but occassionally one sometimes experience mild side effects from donating. One can experience lightheadedness, dizziness, weakness, and tiredness. These symptoms nearly always resolve within 24 hours, faster if you stay very hydrated and don't skip any meals. ...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 does it take to recover from blood loss after donating blood?

How long does it take to recover from blood loss after donating blood?

Blood donation: It takes anywhere from about 30 to 60 days for red blood cells to be replaced by the body after donation. Plasma is repleted by the body after about 3 days. ...Read more

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After donating blood, how long does it take to get the results back usually?

After donating blood, how long does it take to get the results back usually?

What results?: If a first time donor, usually will receive a donor card with your blood type on it within about 6 weeks. Other than that, unless a specific study being conducted (they would tell you about & consent you for), there aren't results to be expected from blood donation. ...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 should I wait to exercise after an apheresis blood donation?

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

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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How long will it take for bruising to ovcur after donating blood?

How long will it take for bruising to ovcur after donating blood?

Resubmit Q: You should not bruise after or because you donated blood or blood components--your body has more than enough cells to control leaks, and while you may bruise at an injection site (where needle was), it is not 'mandatory'--this is why the blood bank wraps the site and tells you to keep it on for at least 4 hours. ...Read more

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Will I have to take an iron supplement or a multivitamin containing iron after I do a blood donation?

See below: Depending upon your overall health you can donate 1 pint of blood every three months without any deleterious effects, . In my opinion therefore, you do not need any iron or multivitamins. ...Read more

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What do you get for "donating" blood, since it is no longer paid for?

What do you get for "donating" blood, since it is no longer paid for?

Satisfaction: You get the satisfaction of helping another person without having to be paid for it. I think that is something you cannot buy. We don't have enough people donating blood to meet the need. Way to go. ...Read more