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Can I Give Blood If Have Allergies

Can allergic individuals donate blood?

Yes they can.It does however depend on your allergies.Allergies - I have an allergy. Can I donate? | Australian Red Cross Blood Service

Can you give blood if you have seasonal allergies?

Yes you can give blood, allergies are not a disease.

If someone with food allergies donates blood, is the receiver of the blood affected somehow?

Not to my knowledge, but the other way around has been described in the New England Journal of Medicine in their May 19th, 2011 edition by Joannes F.M. Jacobs et al from the St. Radboud University Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where they described a 6 year old boy allergic to peanuts needing multiple blood transfusions for leukemia developing shock from Anaphylaxis to peanuts after receiving blood from three donors who all had ingested peanuts the night before donation.  They demonstrated that the major peanut allergen, Ara h2, could be detected in the serum of people who ate peanuts up to 24 hours later. See:Anaphylaxis from Passive Transfer of Peanut Allergen in a Blood Product — NEJM

Can I donate blood if I am allergic to dust?

Quick answer is YES! You might be unable to donate blood if you are on certain strong medications, or have certain medical conditions, or any blood born diseases like malaria or travel to an area with malaria. Dust allergy does not fit into these categories.

Can I donate blood with a peanut allergy?

Yes you can. When filling out the paperwork, they will ask you about allergies, but peanut allergy does not preclude you from GIVING blood.

By the way, if you have not done so already, you should have an allergy alert bracelet or necklace and carry an epi-pen (which your doctor can prescribe). I don't go anywhere without that epi-pen since peanut allergy can be fatal!

Who can donate blood to B negative persons?

Who can donate blood to B negative persons?Others who are B negative as well as those or are O negative.The system isn’t particularly difficult really.The letters (A, B and O which should really be a 0, because it means “none of the letters”) indicate that there’s a particular thing that can cause allergies in the blood of the person. Now, you don’t get allergies to things in your own blood, but people who don’t have your allergy thingies will get allergic reactions to them.The negative/positive bit is another thing that can cause allergies, positive means you have the thing, negative is like O in that it means you don’t have the thing.So, you can receive blood from others who have the exact same things that you do, or more generally from people who don’t have anything that you also don’t have. It’s perfectly fine for a person with B blood to get blood from someone with O, because the person with O does not have any allergy things that the person with B can react to. But a person with B can’t get blood from someone with A, because the A thingy will cause a reaction in the B person.If you want to know if a person can receive blood from someone else, go through the blood type markers of the other person and see if there is anything in there that the first person doesn’t have. If there is, the donation won’t work, otherwise it’s fine.Rhesus negative people can only get donations from other negatives, but positives can get from both negative and positive. Likewise a B person can get blood from both someone with B and someone with O.So a B- person can get blood from someone with B- or O-, but not anyone else.

Does taking allergy medication make me ineligible to donate blood?

Yes you should still be able to donate.

They will ask you questions when you donate. Ie. have you taken any meds within 'x' amount of time? Just tell them YES, and what you took.

I donated before, and I had taken antibiotics just a few days prior. It did not disqualify me. I asked if it would, and why they asked, and the nurse told me that: they just needed to make a notation of it in the chart for precautionary reasons.

That was also years ago (about 10 maybe), so it may have changed since then .. but I doubt it.

Whether you get paid for donating or not .. either way .. thanks so much for doing it :) It really does make a difference in people's lives :)

Cheers to you!!

Can you donate plasma when your seasonal allergies are acting up?

In the US, no problem. Hay fever / seasonal allergies won't make you ineligible to donate blood.The list of medical conditions and treatments that might affect eligibility to donate blood or plasma in the US are listed HERE on the Red Cross site.