How does donating plasma affect you

Donating blood plasma may cause symptoms such as feeling faint, and some tenderness at the site where the needle was injected. Some people experience immediate side effects when donating plasma. These effects should be temporary, only occurring during the donation process or shortly afterward.

What would disqualify me from donating plasma?

Your background history of illness may prevent you from donating plasma. If you have a serious or chronic condition that may affect the quality of your plasma, you will not be able to donate. This includes conditions such as syphilis, HIV or Hepatitis types A, B and C.

What are the problems with donating plasma?

While rare, there are possible side effects of donating plasma: The most common problem is a drop in blood pressure, which cause lightheadedness or dizziness. Bruising may also happen around the venipuncture site.

What are the risks of donating plasma?

The risks associated with plasma donation include: Arterial puncture: Plasma is taken from a vein, one of the smaller blood vessels in the body. Nerve injury and irritation: As a needle is inserted or withdrawn, it may hit a nerve, which can result in a sharp pain.

Who should not donate plasma?

Eligibility Guidelines. There are a number of medical conditions that may affect your plasma donation eligibility. Allergies If you are not feeling well and/or have allergy, cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not donate.

What medications will prevent me from donating plasma?

Most medications will not preclude you from donating plasma. However, there are some exceptions, such as prescription blood thinners and insulin, that may prevent you from donating. You will be asked to list all of your current medications so that the blood center staff can determine if you are eligible to donate.

What are the negative impacts of donating plasma?

Bruising and Nerve Irritation. Bruising or discomfort at the site of needle insertion is the most common side effect of plasma donation. This occurs in less than 2 percent of donations, according to a large study published in 2013 in the “Asian Journal of Transfusion Science.” Bruising is typically mild, posing no health threat…

Who should not donate plasma?

Eligibility Guidelines. There are a number of medical conditions that may affect your plasma donation eligibility. Allergies If you are not feeling well and/or have allergy, cold or flu-like symptoms, you should not donate.

What should I eat before and after donating plasma?

So before you give blood, fill-up on the meats, dark leafy greens, and dried fruit. After you donate, treat yourself to some Greek food (yogurt, hummus, figs), and save your coffee, tea and chocolate until an hour after your meal.