It is easier to donate plasma with a large size of arm veins and arteries. Size of the vein depends on various factors such as how hydrated you are, how much water you have drunk, what you have eaten, the phlebotomist, your caffeine intake, your morning workout and much more.
How to Make Your Arm Veins Pop out for Plasma Donation
There are few steps by making use of which you will come to know how to make your veins pop out. If you have a narrow or week veins in arms structure then donating plasma procedure will become quite difficult for you.
By heating up your arm, hold off on the caffeine, hold off on smoking and drinking, drinking lots of water, eating high protein food, doing exercise three days a week, consuming chestnut supplements, losing weight for bigger appearance of vein, pumping stress ball, asking for a shallow needle insertion you can enhance your vein size.
There are people who are genetically born with smaller and weaker vein than other people who have larger vein size. Some people have poor veins because of genetics. By making use of these above-mentioned steps you can increase vein size.
What happens during donation?
Trained phlebotomist inserts a sterilized donating blood needle which is used for one tome into your arm vein for extracting blood. They usually hook up your medical- cubital vein for a donation of plasma. Unless and until plasma donation procedure is not completed, you need to wait.
In this procedure, plasma and other platelets are separated from the blood by making use of plasmapheresis machine and again the blood is returned to the body after separating plasma and mixing saline into the blood.
Thinner is also mixed into the blood for preventing clotting when blood is transferred again into the body. This procedure last for 45 minutes for a patient who is a regular donor and for a patient who is donating plasma for the first time, a procedure will almost last up to two or three hours.
Collapsed veins and other plasma donation complications
If the needle is not inserted properly then it affects the area where it is inserted. It punctures the vessel which causes scar tissues to form. It is a serious health issue and should be properly treated.
If in case, you are donating plasma from a long time then also there is a chance that your arm veins size gets small and also may lead to serious health problems. Normal health problems such as nerve pain, finger numbness, bruising, cold sweats etc occurred when a needle is not inserted properly inside the properly. These effects may last up to at least two weeks.
What is plasma used for?
Plasma is widely used in the treatment of different serious health problems. Liver diseases, trauma, immunity disorders, leukemia, hemophilia, treatment of cancer, bleeding disorders are some of the medical health problems and in a treatment of these health problems plasma is used widely. Plasma available in the blood helps to increase the immunity level of a human body and prevent many health problems.
Can I donate plasma on antibiotics?
After completion of your treatment and when you will recover from your disease then, you are eligible to donate plasma. If you don’t have any infection and you are getting treated with antibiotics to prevent any kind of infection then you are eligible to donate plasma.
Can you donate plasma with the eye infection or pink eye?
You will feel abdominal pain when you are sick with infected eyes. Other health problems which you may have to face if you donate plasma when you are suffering from eye infection are cardiac arrhythmias, osteoporosis, seizures, respiratory problems, eye fatigue, chronic kidney disease, brittle bones and much more.Your serum immunoglobulin is decreased when you donate plasma when you are sick as a result risk of getting infected is increased.
Can I donate plasma with a boil or blister?
No, a donor cannot donate plasma if he or she has any boil on arm or blister, they need to be free from any kind of wart, blood blister, any scar of needle or boil. Your blister might be filled with pus which may also contaminate the plasma. So, it is advised to not donate plasma in these conditions.
Can I donate plasma with a rash?
Yes, you can donate plasma with a rash but with a condition that rash should not be at the place from where plasma is taken by inserting a needle. If you having rashes at the place from where plasma is to be taken then it will be good for your safety to not donate plasma otherwise it may lead to skin problem at that area.