Allergy Community
donating plasma does effect my immune system
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to airbourne allergies, eye allergies, shots, anaphylaxis, asthma, children's allergies, hives, insect stings, rhinitis, sinuses, and allergies to drugs, foods, and pets.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

donating plasma does effect my immune system

will donating plasma lower my immune system
Related Discussions
41 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn

To my understanding, no but you could also consult with the plasma center's Medical Director. I do know my mother had one patient who had donated plasma too often (twice a week?) and she was having health issues... I think it was from dehydration though.

Blank
Avatar_n_tn
since I have started dontating plasma, I have had a 104 degree fever, gastroenteritis, and tonsillitis.  This is all within 4 months, and prior to that i have not been sick since the 5th grade.  I am 22 years old.  Undoubtidy donating plasma lowers your immune system and there is nobody who could ever tell me differently.
Blank
Avatar_dr_f_tn
Hi,

To donate plasma, you must be a healthy individual. Donors are screened for health problems that would put them at risk for serious complications from donors. If you are healthy enough to donate, your immune system is not affected. First-time donors, teenagers, and women are at a higher risk of a reaction. Donating plasma is a very safe procedure with minimal or no side effects.The body replaces the plasma removed during the donation process quickly. Current FDA Regulations state that the maximum frequency of donation is once in two days, and no more than two times in a seven day period. Possible side effects that can occur during donation include dizziness, fainting, nausea, convulsions, and shock. At the site of the needle stick, there may be blood leakage around the vein or bruising. It is important that you eat well and re-hydrate during this process. You can read more about this through this link: http://www.biolifeplasma.com/en/donating-plasma/faq.html

Take care and regards.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I am considering donating plasma, but I am concerned with the anti coagulating solution, or drug with which the rest of the blood is mixed.  I have lower blood pressure (106/71) and I have concerns about my blood getting too thin, and not coagulating well.  
-Karen
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Would anything serious happen to someone if they donated plasma 3 times a week every week?
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I made the mistake of donating more than twice a week.  I got away with it because I lived in two states.  After giving plasma (whether 2, 3 or 4 times a week) I would always be extremely tired and run down.  

My rational behind this, while in retrospect I believe to be flawed, was that the FDA says once every 2 days.  And I believe they must build a significant safety factor into that.  I am a VERY healthy person, low body fat, good nutrition, never had a disease or major illness and I work out regularly.  Add to this the fact that they check you to see if your hematocrit and protein levels are acceptable, I figured that if there was a problem, they'd spot it and not allow me to give.

Then it go much worse!  After doing this for only 3 weeks, I started getting a sore throat.  No virus according to the doctors who checked me for flu and strep.  The a sinus infection began over 10 days ago.  It has progressively gotten worse and worse.  Now my body feels perpetually run down.  I'm so exhausted that some days I don't want to even move.

But worst of all, my tongue, lips and all over the inside of my mouth is swelling and covered with canker sores, lesions and painful spots.  I've been on a liquid diet for 3 days now because I can no longer chew solid food.  I don't have strep but have had a blisteringly sore throat now for over 10 days.

After talking to two doctors and the medical director at one of the centers, I believe that I encountered a simple sinus infection, but because I had depleted so much of the white blood cells during these procedures, I no longer have what I need to fight a simple infection.

To say the least, I've stopped giving plasma.  This is all very anecdotal to be sure, but giving plasma is the ONLY thing that has changed.  

It is very curious that they tell you that dizziness and nausea are about the only side effects when you go to all the plasma center web sites, and even general medical sites.  But they also won't allow you to give if you are sick, stating that you need your blood to help fight infections and healing.

I would caution everyone, don't give more than twice a week.  Trust me, your body will rebel if you do!  Doesn't matter how good of shape you are in.  And if you are in any way immuno compromised, DO NOT GIVE AT ALL.  Giving seriously depletes you of important goodies your body needs to fight infections.

If my theory is correct, now that I have quit giving (3 days ago), we'll see how quickly I bounce back and pray my stupidity didn't cause any permanent damage.  So much for Type A personalities!

Keith
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I started giving plasma about six months ago. Over that period I've gotten at least four, probably five colds. Before donating I would get two or three a year. After learning in physiology a couple weeks ago that plasma makes antibodies, I became convinced this is the reason why I'm getting sick. I always got sick shortly after giving twice a week, too. No more donating for me. It's not worth getting paid to get sick!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Can donating plasma cause swollen legs and ankles?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I started donating because my husband and I had just moved and neither of us had a job...he couldn't donate due to allergies but I was as healthy as can be.  I started to go twice a week because they pay better the second time in a week you go in.  Each time wiped me out no matter how much I drank or ate.
Then because they train the people there, I got poked too far (they hit my vein but kept going) and my arm hurt for weeks.  I was always nauseous, and I kept getting sick so I went down to once a week.  That didn't even help.  
Luckily we both got jobs quickly.  I haven't been back since.  If you are looking into donating that's great there are a lot of things that can come of it...just don't wear yourself down to much in the process because like skubrick said the money isn't worth someone getting sick.
Blank
954622_tn?1287711095
My fiance is currently donating twice a week and its starting to irritate me because he's constantly getting sick and running a 103 fever. He thinks its because the house he lives in barely has money to get food. I think that could be part of the problem but i think its more the fact that he's donating plasma twice a week on top of having emphysema and asthma. I want to tell him to quit going but i dont want to sound like a b*tch. i just wish he'd stop doin that and actually get out and look for a job.

Mackenzie
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have donated plasma on a 2 times a week basis for over a month now and sparatically for the past year; the only side effect I've ever show is lightheadedness and soreness around the puncture site. I believe the side effects are different for each person. Whenever you take something out of the body or put something in it everyone can react differently.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
After reading all these and doing some research, I think donating plasma is the reason why I feel like I have fever the whole time. I feel my eyes are burning... like when you have a fever. I always feel weak and I easily get tired. Now I started having pain in my middle ear like when you have an ear infection or inflammation. I'm thinking maybe it's because my anti-bodies are low and my body could not fight simple bacteria or cold or whatever that it causes my ear infection. I'm not positive if I have an ear infection/inflammation but most likely it is or it's just starting. It is painful and I never had this before. When I searched for ear problems, most causes of ear pain is infection/inflammation due to colds etc. So, I think I need a break from this or stop it because it's causing weird things in my body.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
It is so true. I am never giving plasma ever.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I've been donating plasma for 6 months now. There's a reason they only let you donate 2 times a week, so your body can recover. They ask you every time if you're feeling ill at all, and will not let you donate if you do. I make sure I'm feeling my best every time I donate so I don't get sick. I'm an elementary teacher, exposed to germs every day, so I think if my immune system was really that depleated, I would get sick pretty quickly. So far, it's been a positive experiance and I would not discourage other healthy people from giving plasma.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I have been donating for 4 weeks now and I always have the weird taste in my mouth during donation but it always goes away as soon as I am done donating. The issue I have is I have weird aches for a day or so after I donate. My teeth ache sometimes and my joints. I have looked at several web sites that have no info on the side effects to the bones or joints. I wonder if there is something that is depleated that can cause the aching. I have also been having numbness and nerve pain in my hands like I did when I had carpul tunnel. I had the carpul tunnel repaired but seem to be experiencing trouble again. I wonder if any of this is due to donating?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I am a college student and for extra gas money to get back and forth I donate Plasma. Started about 4 months ago, the first time i felt tired but the next couple of times I felt just fine. Then about two months ago I got really sick and had gotten strep throat for the first time in my life. I follow the rules by donating every two days and then I took a couple weeks off from donating at all. I recently just donated again and i feel terrible my whole body hurts my throat is killing me and I think I've contracted strep. throat once again. Not saying its a bad thing to do because your helping save life's but everyone should consider there own health as well.

2012 grad.
Blank
1850388_tn?1319299166
I am having similar problems, i am very healthy and i only donate twice a week or less i have had 3 infections sinisitis and bronchitis all in a 2 week period of time. I have never been this sick or had this many problems at once and the only thing that has changed is that i have been donating i just started 2 weeks ago :/
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I came here because i wondered if donating plasma lowers your immune system. I have a good record for not taking antibiotics because it's important to me for my body to heal itself as much as possible. I don't take fever reducer immediately because the fever serves a purpose. I don't ever want to be dependent on medicine in order to be well. I want my body to do what it naturally does. I donate regularly, twice a week and the donation site has become extremely painful. I was stabbed in the bicep and it won't heal. It's bruised to hell and back. Then I used the other arm and that hurts like hell. This is after about a year of donating. It all just started happening, problems after problems. So both elbows hurt so much so that i woke up screaming in my sleep. I have only done that one other time in my life and that was because i got a charlie horse while sleeping. I don't have any health problems but now i'm tired allllll the time. RIDICULOUSLY lethargic. And my throat stings really bad. I basically feel like complete crap. I plan never to donate again. I feel like i need antibiotics now and that pisses me off.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Blood plasma is about 92 percent water with 6.5 percent proteins. The remaining components are 0.8 percent salts, 0.6 percent lipids and 0.1 percent glucose.

Drink plenty of water and eat healthy and all effects will be short term.  If you have any medical problems like asthma, chest pains, etc, you may not want to donate.  Tell them what health problems you have before you donate.  They don't take your white blood cells, so your immune system will not be harmed (unless you don't drink enough water).  I have been donating for almost a month and I do have a cold right now, but a lot of people on the bus looked sick, so I can't blame donations.  I actually started exercising about 3 weeks ago and have put on a good amount of muscle already.

I can't stress this more.  Eat 1 extra meal per donation and drink plenty of water (or Gatoraide).  I have no lost energy nor do I have any problems.  JUST EAT AND DRINK!!!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I was also wondering this.  The same thing happens to me.  After donating for a few months, my legs and ankles swelled so bad that I was hospitalized.  After I stopped donating for awhile, the swelling went almost completely away.  Now I am donating again.  And the same thing is happening.  No one seems to know why this is happening.  If I keep donating, I will end up in the hospital for sure.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi--
I've been donating twice a week for several months and the severe ankle swelling is happening to me. It's been  a week since I stopped donating and the swelling is better, but still present. I have also developed an itchy rash that started at my feet and is traveling up my body. Did you have a rash? May I ask how they treated your swelling? I know it is from protein deficiency, so I've been eating lots of protein but I'm wondering what else may help. The rash is so itchy it keeps me awake at night.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I donated plasma for the first time today at 11am. I was almost done when it started to beep and then I realized I was very dizzy, very hot and sweaty and felt sick. It has been over 12 hours since I donated and I have eaten twice, drank oj and tons of water. I still feel very sick and soar. Why? And how do I feel better?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
For anyone that is contemplating the donation of plasma, this is not the place to be.  Every one of these people are conveying a problem, which is not the case.  I am a 52 year old, female, slightly over weight, sit at a desk all day on a high pressure project manager job, donate twice per week, have been for 2.5 years and yes.  The procedure makes me a bit tired for a bit after, but as long as I drink plenty of water I can easily finish out the day and the household chores.  I have a very busy life and have come to look at it as my down time.  Twice per week I have an hour to completely engulf into a good book with not interruptions.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Don't listen to Laurie...you CAN be a healthy individual and get sick just by donating plasma. I'm 21 - picture of health, never gotten sick since the fifth grade. Since I've been donating for, oh about 8 months or so, I've been constantly sick.

Cough, fever, itching/burning eyes, trouble breathing, lethargy - you name it, I've got it. Again, I had never had any of these before donating plasma long-term.

Think about it: nothing in life is free. You're selling your health, and putting your body in the hands of poorly trained assistants, for $60 a week. Plasma donation effects everyone differently, and a lucky few may not get sick. But in the end, the cost to your body just isn't worth it.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have been donating for over a year now, going twice a week.  Both my lower legs and ankles are extremely swollen and I'm so flippin tired all the time and now have noticed that my hands are swelling too.  I have gained weight like crazy but if I donated on Tuesday and then went back Thursday I would have gained 6 pounds of fluid. I'm going to quit donating and try to get healthy again!!! Good luck to you!!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Can donating plasma cause heart problems? Ever since I went to donate three days ago I have had baaaad constipation that has finaly been taken care of and now I'm havin bad anxiety issues and my chest hurts right where the heart is. It still hurts pretty bad
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I gave plasma yesterday. It was my first time. I have not felt well. No energy, my throat fill irritated and I started a cough will giving. They say one has to give twice for it to be helpful to someone but I just don't know about going back.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I have been donating plasma for over 3 years now , i have had a few bad days as far as donating , couldnt because temp was too low or my hermatic level to low , but other than that being my issue i dont see myself getting sicker any more often then normal , i do know if i am coming down with something its better i take a break from donating in order to recover faster.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Laurie is correct. If you drink plenty of water and have a protein based snack before you donate, you will be fine. I am an avid plasma donor and the only real side effect I have had is lightheadedness every once in a while
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I'm broken out in hives..... not unbearable, but bad enough it wakes me up at night. Plan to buy some benadryl to help the itching....

I have chronic Hep B, with a high viral load..... otherwise healthy. A specialty company that  searches for hep B patients sought me out to donate, as the use my plasma for test kits to train healthcare providers how to read test results...... It's a good thing, but here's the deal....... I GET $400.00 per donation... yes four hundred dollars, US currency........... I'm a single parent that works 7 days a week at two jobs, and i made $ 800.00 last week, but now covered in hives.......... I have a dilemma. For that kind of money, I can live with itchy skin, as long as I'm not further damaging myself.....

Thinking once a week might be best.... I'll try that for a while and see if that is any better.

I can only donate until my viral load goes down, as i'm currently on meds for that, so I'm going to ride this train while I can, perhaps a few months, i'm just hoping I'm not wreaking myself........
Blank
5483228_tn?1368644381
I have been looking up about teeth too. My teeth feel like they are numb and loose and going to fall out after I donate. It isn't every time but almost. Hmmm hit me up if you hear or see anything please. my email is ***@****
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I donate frequently and low blood pressure will prevent you from donating. They are very particular about who donates and simple things will keep you from donating that day including blood pressure, iron and protein levels, and even temperature.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have got a cold after only donating twice. I've decided after I go a couple more times I probably won't go anymore if I keep getting sick. Sick such as sore throat, sore ears, and spitting up stuff (& I'm convinced it wasn't just any normal cold) I don't know but we'll see after I donate a couple more times! I just find it funny that I have not been sick in a while but I was quick to get sick in as little as a week after donating PLASMA twice in one week. & yes I admit I donate for the money at the moment. But if I have to be sick to get money, I'll be broke the rest of my life! I wanted to help save lives but I can't put mine in danger doing so.  As far as the csl plasma center I went to, they were great and very clean. However there was a problem my second visit regarding the needle slipping out of my vein (which was due to it not being put in my arm right) they wiggled it around trying to find my vein again and still could not fix it. They ended up resticking me in my other arm and then there machine clotted my blood so it wasn't flowing properly so my session got cut short but I was one cycle away from being finished so I still got paid the money for the amount of plasma that was suitable for my weight. Oh what a day, I was donating for well over two hours (this doesn't include checking in and being checked
by a nurse.  Make sure you drink lots of water the day before you go, it's proven to make you session easier and make your blood flow faster so that your not in there forever!  Oh and one more thing, make sure you don't drink more than one glass of water the day you go. I was in session for atleast 45mins and as I was reading a book trying to take my mind off the fact that I really had to urinate, it was like everything slowed down and the time dragged by. I was so ready to get done so I could go visit the little lady's room!
-Knoxville, TN
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Low body fat is your problem, you need a healthy amount of saturated fat in your diet and THE "BAD" kind of cholesterol, which isn't bad at all. You need vitamin c to protect you from it clogging your heart, that "bad" cholesterol prevents poisoning from bacteria and infection from viruses. See Weston D. Price and look up cholesterol myth too.

Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Can donating plasma cause permanent bruises in you arms??
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Donating plasma will not cause a cold.  Germs and viruses cause colds.  Being in a largely occupied building with constantly changing people greatly increases your chances of picking up a cold or virus.  Unless they clean the whole building with bleach every hour, there will always be airbourne molecules.  Frequent hand washing and covering your face when coughing or sneezing will reduce your chances.  Proper diet and hydration is also key.  People say that they are healthy, but most don't properly analysis themselves.  Proper exercise, drinking over 100oz of water a day, eating over 25g of protein, and consuminig over 2000 calories per day for women/ 2500 for men will reduce any likelihood that you will have any side effects from plasma donation.

Another factor not mentioned is the insertion length of the needle stick.  If the needle is inserted too deep, it can restrict blood flow and cause the vein and artery to work harder which can cause fatigue and passing out.  The blood should flow with little hand pumping to the machine.  If you have a constant need to pump your fist to keep pressuse, then the needle is too deep or your veins and artery can't keep up.  Poor circulation and/or lack of exercise are common causes other than depth of the needle.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I have been donating whole blood; plasma; and platelets fairly regularly since I was 18 and two friends nearly died in a car wreck. I learned then how important it is to donate to those sick or undergoing treatment. I am now 57 so from experience to say giving donations will weaken your immune system are misstatements and not scientifically supported. If you are donating plasma  twice a week for money, find a job. Once a week is okay but you risk dehydration donating that often. To all those who donate, on behalf of those sick and in true need, thank-you! What you do is truly life saving! To everyone else please quit scaring people unnecessarily. If it's not for you, fine. Volunteer at a shelter or food-bank but please do not discourage people from giving. One day it maybe you who is in need.      
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Nobody is discouraging.It is just obvious you are taking from your body what it needs to ward off getting sick and infection.ImYou can still be healthy and wind up sick after donating.I have been eating well, hydrated, active and dont smoke.I dinated twice a week for a month.I never get sick but now i have a rash on my side and my little toe is as big as my big toe.I am in exrreme pain and just got out of the e.r.If you are planning to donate, I wouldnt go twice a week.Im paying the price.Your body needs what is being taken out..
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Worst case scenario that y'all are getting sick because of all the sick people that go in there saying they are healthy. When in actuality they are immediately smoking and drinking once they leave the plasma center. Drinking too much alcohol and smoking lowers your immune system so they come back sneezing and coughing all over the place. They in turn get the technicians sick and then they sneeze all over the place and your immune system is weak so POW - You get sick. Second case is some of y'all don't wash your hands before eating, eat healthy diets or get adequate amounts of rest and recovery. Exercise, eat clean and drink aquafina. Minimize alcohol intake and try to cut out the sugars then you should be ok.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I too have experienced swelling of my feet and ankles. I quit donating after my last session because not only did my feet and ankles swell but my whole body did and it's been about a week since I donated and the swelling has reduced down to just being my feet and ankles. It's been a slow healing process. The donation place tried to say it had to be something I'm doing or not doing. I beg to differ because I was completely healthy, eat organic, only drink water(lots) before I donated. Needless to say, I won't be donating anytime soon.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I've recently experienced exactly what you mention:
I too have experienced swelling of my feet and ankles. I quit donating after my last session because not only did my feet and ankles swell but my whole body did and it's been about a week since I donated and the swelling has reduced down to just being my feet and ankles. It's been a slow healing process. The donation place tried to say it had to be something I'm doing or not doing. I beg to differ because I was completely healthy, eat organic, only drink water(lots) before I donated. Needless to say, I won't be donating anytime soon.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Allergy Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
16 hrs ago by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Asthma & Allergy Answerers
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
evewisewoman
Toronto, ON
746512_tn?1388811180
Blank
Tammy2009
Calgary, AB
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
363281_tn?1353103243
Blank
SassyLassie
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand