Can I give blood?

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COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

See: Bronchitis and Emphysema.

Cancer

You may not donate blood (any more) if you have ever been diagnosed with cancer. Not even if you have been completely healed. There are exceptions for a specific form of skin cancer or cervical cancer. Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Candida (yeast infection)

Vagina: you may donate blood if using local treatment, i.e. medication you do not need to swallow. If you use tablets, you may donate blood one week after taking the last tablet.

Mouth: this may be a problem, depending on the cause. Please contact the Blood Bank in this case.

Anus: this may be a problem, depending on the cause. Please contact the Blood Bank in this case.

Skin fungus: you may give blood if there are no abnormalities for 2 cm around the puncture site. Medication is not a problem.

Nail fungus: you may donate blood. Medication is not a problem.

Cannabis

You may donate blood if you occasionally use cannabis. You may not be under the influence when donating blood.

You cannot be a donor if you are addicted.

Cardiovascular diseases

Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

You may donate blood. You must wait until the wound has healed and sutures have been removed after surgery.

Cat-scratch disease

You may donate blood if you have been symptom-free for at least 2 weeks and have not used antibiotics for at least 2 weeks.

Cataract

You may donate blood unless your cataract is caused by an underlying disease such as diabetes.

Cervical Cancer

Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115. This may be a problem for donation. (Also see: Pap smear)

Chest pain

If you have ever been diagnosed with chest pain due to lack of oxygen to your heart, you may not give blood or plasma (any more). Donating blood may be associated with health risks in this case, even if you do not have any symptoms any more. For other causes of chest pain: consult the donation doctor before donating blood. Please contact the Blood Bank about this at 0800-5115.

Last edited on: 4 January 2017