Plasma Donation Myth Buster – Saffona Healthcare

Plasma Donation Myth Buster

Most of us have heard about convalescent or plasma therapy for the first time. But this treatment is more than a hundred years old.

We have discussed the blood plasma constitution, its history, its functions, and its importance in another session. (Check out our session What is Plasma Therapy)

Everything that is new to us comes along with lots more rumors and myths. So did COVID-19 and blood plasma therapy. Many welfare organizations are working hard to educate people about plasma therapy. We also decided to share our part in society by providing you a plasma therapy myth buster. The following are some of the most common myths that are circulating in social media these days. 

Myth

Plasma donation hurts a lot.

Fact

It’s a similar process of donating blood or getting an injection. You may feel the pricking pain or pinch of a needle that is only for a few seconds. Or you may also feel the pressure of the tourniquet on your arm. But not more than that! Even donors say they didn’t feel anything painful during the entire process.

Myth

You can become COVID-19 positive again when you donate your plasma.

Blood plasma of COVID-19 recovered patients is rich in antibodies that fight against the virus. People think by donating antibody enrich plasma they may lose their antibodies. Hence, they can become sick again.

Fact

It’s not true at all.

Antibodies that are once developed, will remain in your plasma no matter how much or how many times you donate. So it is not relatable to catching the new coronavirus again.

Myth

You may lose weight.

 One common myth and misconception held by donors is donating plasma helps you in losing weight.

Fact

Donating plasma has nothing to do with weight loss. 

After donation, your body tries to recover the missing plasma, that process does involve calories burn. But the amount is not sufficient to make you lose your weight.

Secondly, the main constituent of plasma is water. You may feel dehydrated after donating plasma. That’s the reason healthcare advisers suggest drinking lots of fluids before and after donation.

Myth

You may gain weight if you donate plasma.

Fact

Since you cannot lose your weight by donating, likewise you cannot gain any calories either. But you burn some calories when your body undergoes the process of recovering the missing plasma, as we discussed above.

Myth

Elder cannot donate plasma.

Fact

Anyone between the ages of 18 to 60 can donate. Provided he had a successful recovery from new Coronavirus and had tested negative after 14 days of the recovery period.

Myth

Takes a whole day.

Fact

It may take a few minutes to two hours maximum. Registration and documentation time may vary, but plasma donation itself may take a maximum of two hours. And you may require some time to recover as well after daunting. 

Here, recovery only means when you stop feeling dizziness and dehydration. So keep in mind that you will have to drink lots of fluids before and after the donation to avoid dehydration.

 Myth

One can donate once in a year.

Fact

Human blood has the God gifted property to replenish itself. But it takes some time. Your body may recover the missing plasma within 24 hours. Only red blood cells may take four to six weeks to completely replenish. 

As plasma gets recovered within a day, one can donate more than once in a year. The suggested number is 28 times per year. Your medical healthcare adviser will advise you about how many times you donate according to your medical history and reports.

Myth

It has many adverse effects/side effects.

Fact

Only trained professionals, health paramedics, and technicians can perform the entire process of screening and donation. So the risk factor is very rare. 

As plasma itself consists of almost 90% of water, therefore you may feel dehydration, dizziness, and fatigue due to dehydration.

This is the reason we encourage you to stay hydrated during and after the donation process.

Myth

I can’t donate, I am on medications.

Fact

Most of the medications will not disqualify you from donating your plasma. But you may require a waiting period after your final dose. (Discuss with your  healthcare provider before donating). 

Myth

I can’t donate if I get tattoos or piercings.

Fact

You are eligible to donate if you get tattoos and piercings at least one year ago. If you get them from a regulated tattoo parlor you can donate within the same year too, as regulated parlors use sterilized tattoo equipment and tools. 

Myth

Only people with heavy built and weight can donate.

Fact

Plasma donation does not need you to have a heavy build or weight. Anyone with a weight of at least 110 pounds (ca. 50 kg) can donate.

 

Learn more about Plasma donation by consulting our healthcare advisors at our Mobile Application Saffona.

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