Allergy sufferers should keep a medication diary before donating blood

As an allergy to blood donation: keep a diary of medication
Around 15,000 blood donations are needed in Germany every day. Although this can save lives, only about three percent of Germans are willing to donate blood. Allergy sufferers and asthmatics can also donate blood. However, there are a few things to consider about taking medication.

Lack of blood donors
Organizations such as the German Red Cross (DRK) repeatedly ask for blood donations. A lack of young blood donors is particularly to be complained about in some regions. According to the DRK, 33 percent of Germans could donate blood, but only three percent do. Basically, every healthy person over the age of 18 can donate blood. However, people who suffer from allergies or asthma have to consider a few things.

Keep a record of the medication you are taking
Allergy sufferers or asthmatics who want to donate blood should keep a record of their medication. Because in some cases the donation is not possible, as the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB) reports in its magazine "Allergy Concrete" (issue 3/2016).

For example, you must not have taken cortisone-containing tablets or received injections in the four weeks before blood donation. However, the use of asthma sprays with cortisone is usually not an obstacle.

Blood donation is also prohibited in the case of acute allergy symptoms. On the one hand because of the health impairment of the donor, on the other hand because the blood could be less tolerable in the event of a transfusion. It is basically at the discretion of the doctor whether a donation is possible or not.

Temporary and permanent exclusion criteria
People with a mild cold or fever will have to wait a few weeks to donate. Certain groups of people are permanently excluded as blood donors according to the guidelines of the German Medical Association. They include people with frequently changing sexual partners, male and female prostitutes, homosexuals, prison inmates and alcohol, drug and drug addicts. Other permanent exclusion criteria are diseases such as hepatitis, HIV or syphilis. (ad)

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