Can I give blood?

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Bronchitis

Acute: 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.

Chronic: (COPD) You may donate blood if your general physical condition is good. If your condition worsens temporarily and/or you develop a respiratory tract infection, you may not donate blood until you are symptom-free for at least 2 weeks. If you have been prescribed antibiotics, you need to wait for 2 weeks after taking the last tablet before giving blood. If you used corticosteroids in tablet form (such as prednisolone), you need to wait for 1 week after taking the last tablet.

If you are always severely short of breath or very regularly have (respiratory) infections, you cannot be a blood donor (any more). Contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115 in this case. .

Bursitis

You may donate blood. Preferably have blood drawn from the other arm.

Bypass surgery

Please contact the Blood Bank at 0800 - 5115.

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.

Last edited on: 4 January 2017