There is nothing nobler in this world than saving someone’s life. It is almost like giving a dying person a second chance to live! One of the easiest ways to do it is by donating your blood plasma. People who donate blood and blood plasma are no les than heroes in the eyes of those who require blood every now and then or in case of an emergency. Right from the half dead man who has lost blood in an accident to that baby who has leukemia, they all will thank you from their hearts for making plasma available just when they needed it. Worried about the dangers of donating plasma? There are hardly any such dangers or long term side effects that will hamper your living.
Possible Side Effects of Donating Plasma
- Donating plasma is different from donating blood and has fewer side effects. The usual side effects would be feelings of light-headedness, dizziness, possible fainting, nausea, spasms and shock.
- The side effects vary from person to person and depend on the body weight, gender, age, etc. It is advisable that you take a nutritious balanced diet and drink plenty of water 3-4 hours before donating plasma.
- Sometimes, there may be slight bruising or some blood leakage at the place where the needle is poked. This may happen if you move your hand too often or keep it too tight.
- Usually, a person becomes dizzy because of quick movement after the donation or because he/she has not had a decent meal. Take a sandwich or some juice with yourself that you can have after you donate plasma. If you feel a bit weak, don’t get up immediately. Sit, relax, eat something and then get up.
- Avoid smoking after donating plasma. It increases your risk of fainting or becoming dizzy. Wait for an hour or so before you think you need to light up.
- If at any time, you feel dizzy, just lie down with your feet placed higher than your body. Don’t hesitate to seek the help of the healthcare professionals there and get a doctor to check you.