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02 September 2014

Take it easy after blood donation

Your body needs time to recover after donating blood.

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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

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