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How long should I wait after having sepsis before donating blood?

How long should I wait after having sepsis before donating blood?

Feel full strength: When you feel strong enough, essentially. If you had anemia associated with your episode of sepsis, you may need to wait several weeks or months before your bone marrow recovers enough. If you didn't, you can donate as soon as your strength is back to normal - as assessed by others. ...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 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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If I had sepsis in the past can I donate blood?

If I had sepsis in the past can I donate blood?

Should be able to: When you go to donate, you will have I fill out paperwork and a questionnaire. If you pass, you can donate blood. ...Read more

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How long does it take sepsis to reach your heart once its in your blood?

How long does it take sepsis to reach your heart once its in your blood?

Very quickly: Once bacteria enter the bloodstream, they get to the heart within minutes. ...Read more

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I had a major blood infection last year (sepsis) no insurance so minimal health care. Is there any long term effects I should be concerned about?

Not usually: Your young age and whatever care you received helped you recover. Some people have transient kidney, liver and respiratory trouble but these issues would have occurred with the sepsis. ...Read more

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Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Supposedly blood pressure may fall due to a systemic infection (a long the lines of sepsis). What is the reason for this?

Toxin release: Many bacteria are capable of creating chemicals that act as toxins, disabling the system the blood vessels have to maintain tone (or the squeeze) within their walls. Once the vessels relax the pressure falls. Doctors have medications that counteract this effect that are called pressors agents. ...Read more

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After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

After being discharged from 6 days in hospital with severe sepsis, I'd like to donate blood but I'm not sure if I'd be able to after a blood infection?

Bad idea: Severe sepsis is extremely hard on your body. The American Red Cross, I believe would not allow you to give blood under these circumstances. I would wait for awhile and give your body a chance to recover. If you still want to donate blood in 2 months then go ahead. The ARC wants healthy blood in order to help other patients get better. ...Read more

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After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

After bowel perforation with entercocci in blood, how long before sepsis kills a person?

Untreated, it's fast: As short as an hour if we don't get effective treatment. Treated, it's quite survivable most of the time. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a tooth infection to turn in to blood poisoning?

How long does it take for a tooth infection to turn in to blood poisoning?

No specific time: If you have a tooth infection it can become quite serious if left unattended. Pain, infection, swelling, complicated treatment, extraction, and in rare cases even death can occur. Do not delay in getting treatment. Call your dentist today. ...Read more

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How long does blood poisoning take to treat?

How long does blood poisoning take to treat?

Blood Poisoning?: This is not a medical term and needs further definition before your question could be answered. Tell us what you mean by "blood poisoning". ...Read more

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If you have blood poisoning from abscess tooth how long before you notice symptoms?

If you have blood poisoning from abscess tooth how long before you notice symptoms?

No...: I think you meant a spread of infection from a localized abscess to become systemic through circulation. The incidence is very rare but it could happen. You would have fever or chill, feeling sick or malaise, and with blood test there would be a raise in white blood cell. Check up with your doctor. Relax and do not over worrying! ...Read more

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How long before someone can get blood poisoning after dental work?

How long before someone can get blood poisoning after dental work?

Range: There is a whole range from 1/2 hour to weeks or even months (rarely). Fortunately, this is very rare.

There is a list of rare diseases that require antibiotics before dental work. You want to discuss your diseases with your dentist or an internal medicine doc. ...Read more

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Can septic shock cause long term heart problems and low blood pressure?

Can septic shock cause long term heart problems and low blood pressure?

No: Typically if a patient survives this life threatening severe infection once the severe infection resolves blood pressure returns to normal and the heart function should return to normal as well. ...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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How long after donating blood is it safe for me to drink alcohol again?

How long after donating blood is it safe for me to drink alcohol again?

48-72 hrs: Is usually what is recommended. If with "responsible" dd, could push earlier, just may take less alcohol to see an effect, so drink responsibly. ...Read more

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In a blood donation camp, I donated blood. To check Haemoglobin the official pricked me. I forgot to check if the needle was new. Am I at risk HIV?

In a blood donation camp, I donated blood. To check Haemoglobin the official pricked me. I forgot to check if the needle was new. Am I at risk HIV?

No: The needles used for finger pricks are single use disposable needles. A formally set up blood drive would be following universal precautions and safety protocols to help prevent the spread of illness. ...Read more

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Does donating blood affect your wait stability?

No: Prevention of adverse reactions may be especially necessary in younger donors, who are more likely to develop an adverse reaction to blood donation.

Deferral criteria are based on determining that the donation will not adversely affect the donor’s health. ...Read more

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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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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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Does anemia relate to blood donation? And can I donate blood if I am slicely anemic?

Does anemia relate to blood donation? And can I donate blood if I am slicely anemic?

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

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How to avoid dizziness after blood donation? If I feel dizzy in my first donation should I ever donate blood again?

How to avoid dizziness after blood donation? If I feel dizzy in my first donation should I ever donate blood again?

Minor Probelm: You can feel light headed for a few hours after your blood has been taken away from you. This should be very temporary...few hours till you get your self hydrated and make up the volume of blood taken away. This is not a reason to stop donating blood in the future. Next time drink extra fluids with some salt/soup 1 to 2 hours before donating blood. This will likely prevent feeling light headed nex ...Read more

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I have a big purple bruise on my arm after donating blood. Is this normal? This was the first time I donated blood.

I have a big purple bruise on my arm after donating blood. Is this normal? This was the first time I donated blood.

Happens: A blood vessel leaked after your donation. Not to worry, just apply heat and it will resolve. Thanks for giving blood! ...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

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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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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

Dr. William Walsh
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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more