Is Donating Blood with Varicose Veins Dangerous?

Is Donating Blood with Varicose Veins Dangerous?

There is little information available on the Internet and elsewhere regarding blood donation for those suffering from varicose veins and other vein diseases. As a result, individuals with vein diseases may feel left out or inadequate, which may lessen otherwise acceptable donations to a worthy cause like the American Red Cross. The vein specialists at Palm Vein Center in Surprise and Laveen, Ariz. recognizes there is a lack of information on this topic and wants to address whether or not donating blood with varicose veins and other vein diseases is dangerous.

For the most part, if you’re healthy and have a mild to slightly moderate case of varicose veins, donating blood will cause you no harm. However, there are circumstances where organizations may exclude you from donating blood not only protect to you the donor, but to protect future recipients as well.

If you’ve recently completed treatment at Palm Vein Center in the West Valley, you may not be eligible to give blood. The reason for this being, you’re still healing from and there is a chance the incisions from the surgery may leak or become infected. Donating blood during this time is dangerous for your health and may meddle with your ability to heal properly. Either wait 4 weeks after an injection treatment or however long it takes to heal fully after surgery.

If you’re displaying signs of active inflammation or ulceration, you may not be eligible to donate blood until both dissipate. Again, these can increase your chance and the recipients risk of infection. Most blood donation centers will ask you to wait until the inflammation for ulceration has been treated.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may also exclude you from donating blood. Extracting blood may dislodge a clot and increase its likelihood of lodging in certain dangerous zones like your lungs or brain. The clot may also be removed and danger the blood recipients life. If your cause of DVT is an isolated incident, you may be asked to wait three months or until you’re completely recovered and off medication. Repeat episodes of DVT will exclude you from donating blood indefinitely. For more information on this topic, talk to a physician at Palm Vein Center in Surprise, Arizona or call 623-201-4777!

Talk to our team to learn more about the best conservative and interventional treatment options for your vein condition.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

For more information on vein diseases and the treatments provided by the specialists at Palm Vein Center or to make an appointment, call 623-201-4777. We look forward to meeting you!