Awareness campaigns about the global need for safe blood and how to contribute to this are increasing, in conjunction with the celebration of World Blood Donor Day, which falls on June 14 of each year.
And the medical website, The Health, published 5 reasons why you should not donate blood, given the health risks it poses to the process of donating blood on both sides, the donor and the future.
Fever and cough
The donor must be healthy. Fever is usually a sign of infection, and it may be viral, bacterial or parasitic as in the case of malaria.
And if a person donates blood while he is infected, the infection will be transmitted to the recipient of the blood, which is why this is one of the ineligible points for donation, the same is true for cough and flu.
tattoos or earrings
Making any recent tattoo, piercing, semi-permanent cosmetic thing and any other procedures that require skin puncture, can deprive its owner from donating blood, so the donor must not do any such procedures at least 4 months before donating blood, and that Because such a procedure may increase the risk of contracting the hepatitis virus because sometimes contaminated needles are used to do these things.
Antibiotics Antibiotics are
used to treat bacterial infections, and if you have an infection, you will not be allowed to donate blood because it will spread your disease. If the person wishing to donate has completed a course of antibiotics, they may be allowed to donate.
Weight and age
In general, people who are underweight are not encouraged to donate blood, and you must be of your height to the appropriate weight acceptable for donation, because otherwise, you may experience some negative effects such as dizziness and fainting.
Also, minors are not allowed to donate, and in most countries, you must be 18 years old to be able to donate blood.
If a woman is pregnant, she will not be allowed to donate blood, and the same applies to after childbirth, because the woman’s body may not be able to bear the loss of even a small amount of blood.