Home > News 02 September 2014 Take it easy after blood donation Your body needs time to recover after donating blood. 0 Shutterstock ~ After giving blood, you need to let your body recover. The American Red Cross offers the following suggestions:Drink extra fluids, but don't drink alcohol for 24 hours after the donation.You can remove the bandage from your arm within a few hours of the donation.Use soap and water to gently clean the area around the injection site.If the site starts to bleed, apply pressure and hold your arm straight up for 10 minutes, or until bleeding subsides.The remainder of donation day, avoid heavy exercise or lifting heavy objects. Don't do anything that makes you feel light-headed or dizzy.Read more:The health benefits of donating blood The donation process Blood donation: what users say Image: Blood donor at donation from Shutterstock See breaking news and the hottest health tips before anybody else by joining South Africa’s biggest and best health community, like health24 on Facebook now! Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in News US STIs hit all-time high in 2015 More: News advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Sex US STIs hit all-time high in 2015 Medical Human right-handedness might go back almost 2 million years Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk Diet and nutrition Our genes may soon advise our food and lifestyle choices Lifestyle Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Medical Don't believe these asthma myths From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.