What Are the Dangers of Plasma Donation?

By Nicole Campbell

Plasma donation is a great way to earn a few extra dollars for the things you need and do a good thing for someone at the same time. Many people are in need of lifesaving plasma and those who make their donations at plasma banks across the United States are responsible for saving those lives. Luckily, there are few dangers associated with the donation of plasma. It isn't too different from traditional blood donation.

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Plasma donation is a great way to earn a few extra dollars for the things you need and do a good thing for someone at the same time. Many people are in need of lifesaving plasma and those who make their donations at plasma banks across the United States are responsible for saving those lives. Luckily, there are few dangers associated with the donation of plasma. It isn't too different from traditional blood donation.

Feeling Nauseous

Woman drinking a glass of water.

While it is not a long-term side effect, many people who donate plasma report feeling sick afterward. This can run the gamut from being a bit nauseous to throwing up. If you have given blood or donated plasma before and have had similar symptoms, don't attempt it again.

It is very important to eat soon before attempting to donate just to be on the safe side. This can eliminate the likelihood of many of these symptoms. It is also a good idea to drink plenty of water before donating as well.

Slight to Moderate Bruising

Bruise on arm.

Bruising at the site of the needle puncture or on other areas of the body is one side effect of plasma donation. The bruises can last anywhere from a day to a week, and they often hurt. Bruising from plasma donation is not a side effect that indicates anything serious, but a natural result of the removal and then return of some fluids of the body.

Fainting or Dizzy Spells

Woman wearing a robe, feeling dizzy.

Fainting and dizzy spells are among the more prevalent side effects of plasma donation. They rarely occur past the first hour or so of plasma donation but can usually be avoided by having a decent meal within an hour of signing up for donation. It is also important to be sure that the person is of decent weight, depending on the person's height, and healthy enough to undergo plasma donation.

Avoid smoking afterward as well, as that also can increase the likelihood of fainting or dizzy spells.

Extreme Hunger

Woman eating a sandwich.

Eat as soon as possible after leaving the plasma donation center. It is perfectly natural to feel hungry after having donated plasma. Have a light meal and avoid things that are high in fat or grease as they might provoke nausea soon after donating plasma.

The Desire to Do It Again

Medical worker with blood bags.

The most long-lasting side effect of plasma donation is the desire to do it again. Not only does it temporarily benefit your wallet, but it is a good thing to do. Most plasma banks require a second donation to complete the process, so be sure to revisit your local plasma center again soon.

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About the Author

Nicole Campbell has been writing professionally since 2005. With an extensive medical background, a nursing degree and interest in medical- and health-related writing as well as experience with various lifestyle topics, she prides herself on her conversational, active voice and ability to relate to the average reader.

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