Saturday, November 14, 2015

Can You Donate Plasma With a Blister or Boil?

Q: I just had a pustule decide to crop up on my left arm OUT OF NOWHERE. I'm planning to donate plasma tomorrow. My question is, can I still donate plasma with a blister thing on my arm? It's right on the crook of my elbow, where the needle goes in. Will this affect donation somehow, will the plasma center still accept me, or should I wait for it to heal?

Answer: Talecris plasma center has this to say - "Skin: the venipuncture site should be free of any lesion (boil, blood blister, wart or mole) or scar of needle pricks indicative of addiction to narcotics or frequent Blood donation (as in the case of professional Blood donors)."

Also, the plasma center doesn't know that you're not sick with something contagious - your blister might be filled with pus that can contaminate the plasma, for all they know!
Can I Donate Plasma With a Rash?

Itchy, red bumps. We've all been there. But donating plasma when you have a bad rash? Yes you can, actually! Provided that the rash isn't located where they stick the needle in, of course. In fact, if the rash isn't visible during the time of plasma donation, it's best not to mention it (like rashes on the back, legs, shoulders, upper arms, or buttocks.) It's sort of a don't ask, don't tell policy with rashes - if you don't tell the plasma center you have a rash, they won't care or know, and it won't affect your plasma donation experience.

Just bear in mind - your rash will probably last longer if you donate plasma. your body needs its precious precious plasma fluid to quickly heal cuts, scratches, abrasions, oils, blisters and rashes. in fact, donating plasma frequently can even rob your body of precious vitamin K, which promotes self-healing in skin cells.

Can I donate plasma with a scar on my arm?

That's the question, isn't it? Whether you've got a scar from a sports accident, to frequent plasma donation, or a runaway screen door,  having scars in the plasma donation needle area may seriously affect your future chances of donating.

The reason for this  is because thick scar tissue obfuscates the veins in your arm, making it harder for the phlebotomist to place the needle, and making incidents such as vein collapse or improper needle insertion more likely.

In other words, if you have too much scar tissue build-up in a plasma donation central area, your health is at greater risk by donating plasma. If you still wish to donate, ask the Phlebotomist if the other arm is suitable for plasma donation.


  1. I inject myself with termin everyday with a 1ml insulin in my hand veins. But since days i'm facing a i put the insulin in the vein& start injecting theres a bubble coming up everytime. & maybe it's not properly going in the veins.

  2. I recently discovered that I get stress rashes on one or both of my arms. My plasma donation center has been deferring me because of said issue. I will have to inform them that I could still donate so long as said rash is not near the needle stickings on my arms.

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  4. When I donate Platelets my feet cramp. Any suggestion

    1. Constantly move your legs and feet while donating, keep the blood flowing.

  5. In 2 week's of going to the plasma the plasmapheresis machine stop from the start 3 times in a row is it because I smoke a lot of cigarettes or my veins is collapse from donating too much


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