Donating Blood When You Have Lupus
According to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and only approximately 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood a year. Studies have found that people who regularly donate blood have a lower risk of stroke and heart disease. Having lupus, even in remission, is usually a contraindication for bone marrow donation. The organization Be the Match excludes people with an autoimmune disease other than stable autoimmune thyroid disease. One new study shows that certain proteins in the blood of donors with MS can cross the blood-brain barrier.
Wait 3 years after living more than 5 years in a country or countries where malaria is found. Stress, nutrition, illness, hydration, weight, activity, environment and even consumption of certain ingredients can affect the results of the physical exam. If your result does not meet the minimum/maximum requirement at the time of your attempted donation you will not be permitted to donate. Acceptable as long as your blood pressure is below 180 systolic and below 100 diastolic at the time of donation. Medications for high blood pressure do not disqualify you from donating. You must be at least 17 years old to donate to the general blood supply, or 16 years old with parental/guardian consent, if allowed by state law.
- We asked members of the Lupus Foundation of America’s Medical-Scientific Advisory Council for their suggestions on how to get lupus under control—and keep it that way.
- Use mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and visual imaging, and movement exercises, such as yoga or Tai Chi.
- Studies have found that people who regularly donate blood have a lower risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Typically blood donations are allowed as often as every 56 if you are in good health.
The idea of a kidney transplant is that the recipient returns, after appropriate recovery, to their previous life, including working, exercising, and enjoying life. There may be restrictions because the immune suppressant medications weaken the immune system— which makes it especially important to avoid infection. Depending on how you heal, the transplant may affect what kind of exercise you can do, but we do like people to resume a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity. According to American Red Cross guidelines, blood donation is not permitted while undergoing active cancer treatment.
Travel to certain countries may disallow a person from becoming a donor. Having a fever or infection or an active contagious disease such as tuberculosis or certain sexually transmitted diseases will also mean a person isn’t eligible to donate. Blood donation centers may give specific or general examples of the medications that make a person ineligible to be a donor. In most cases, it’s the current use of the medication that is the problem, and a person could become eligible again several months after stopping the drug. Let your rheumatologist know what’s happening with you. “It is crucial that patients communicate with their doctors if they are having any symptoms that could be construed as lupus activity,” says Dr. Furie.
If the skin disease is because of an infection, wait until the infection has cleared before donating. Taking antibiotics to control acne does not disqualify you from donating. It’s recommended that a person receive a referral from their primary care provider, so they can choose a center that will be the right fit for them.
Have Positive ANA and everything Else Negative
As long as the condition is under control and you are healthy, blood donation is usually permitted. If you have traveled or lived in a malaria-risk country, a waiting period is required before you can donate blood. A disease such as RA or multiple sclerosis in and of itself is not necessarily an automatic cause for ineligibility when it comes to blood donations. The organizations disqualify people with autoimmune disease in general. The Australian Red Cross claims it’s concerned not only about the risk to the person receiving the blood, but about the potential for negative impact on the person with lupus.
If there are no issues, you will usually be allowed to donate blood the same day. If there are issues, your case may need to be reviewed by a physician at the donor center before you can donate. There is no fee to have your blood reviewed at the American Red Cross. There are other conditions and factors that affect donor eligibility. Read the Red Cross’s list of medical conditions that may affect your donor status.
Acceptable after dental procedures as long as there is no infection present. Wait until finishing antibiotics for a dental infection. If you have been diagnosed with vCJD, CJD or any other TSE or have a blood relative diagnosed with genetic CJD (e.g., fCJD, GSS, or FFI) you cannot donate. While rheumatologists treat diseases of your musculoskeletal system, immunologists focus on your immune system. All news articles must include appropriate background information and context for the specific condition or topic. All news articles must include original commentary from at least two qualified sources with appropriate credentials and links to relevant associations or published works.
Most chronic illnesses are acceptable as long as you feel well, the condition is under control, and you meet all other eligibility requirements. However, you must be off of aspirin for at least 2 full days in order to donate platelets by apheresis. Donors with clotting disorder from Factor V who are not on anticoagulants are eligible to donate; however, all others must be evaluated by the health historian at the collection center.
The second shot is administered 2-6 months after the first shot. This distinguishes it from Zostavax, the live shingles vaccine, which is given as a single dose and requires a 4-week deferral. Women on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms and prevention of osteoporosis are eligible to donate. Wait 3 months after the last dose of medication to donate if you have taken HIV Prevention medications – Truvada , Descovy , Tivicay and Isentress are given for exposure to HIV. Acceptable if you have a heart murmur as long as you have been medically evaluated and treated and have not had symptoms in the last 6 months and have no restrictions on your normal daily activities.
When you donate plasma or whole blood, you also lose iron. Low blood iron levels and fatigue are symptoms of MS. Some people have been diagnosed with MS after regular blood donations. People with IBD may or may not be able to give blood, based on both personal health and the policies of local blood donation organizations. However, there are plenty of opportunities for volunteering both with donation facilities and in the local community or IBD organization. If you have more specific questions about donating blood or want to volunteer, contact your local Red Cross or other non-profit organization. A person who is not well might be further compromised by giving blood.
We recommend that people with autoimmune disorders like lupus get some kind of physical movement daily. This can look very different depending upon the day and the disease process. We always recommend people discuss their physical movement goals with their provider before starting anything new. Anyone receiving a new organ needs to follow their healthcare provider’s instructions about diet, exercise and stress management. They will usually be prescribed anti-rejection medications to keep the new kidney functioning well. Family members can be a match, but a good match isn’t just in the DNA.
Can you donate blood if you have the nicer type of Lupus??
— Diane Lawson (@shiftydi) June 29, 2012
You should talk to your doctor if you have concerns or notice any signs of change. Those patients may need to go on dialysis, but we always try to see if they can get another transplant. The American Red Cross does note that those treated for low-risk in-situ carcinomas like basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinoma do not need to wait 12 months after treatment before donating. Women who have had a precancerous cervical condition can donate provided their cancer was successfully treated.
Many different laboratory tests are used to detect changes or conditions in your body that can occur with lupus. Each test result adds more information to the picture your doctor is forming of your illness. The American Red Cross is the largest blood organization in the world and its eligibility guidelines have set the standard for other blood organizations. Overall, blood bank guidelines and safety measures are regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration . The Lupus Foundation of America works to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy.