FYI's Health Tip: After Donating Blood -- Diana Kohnle

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(HealthDay News) -- Donating blood is a generous act that helps save lives. But don't forget to take care of yourself afterward.

The American Red Cross says after donating blood, you should:

  • Avoid alcohol and drink extra fluids for at least 24 hours.
  • Remove the bandage from your arm after a couple of hours, then clean the area with soap and water.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, including heavy lifting, for the rest of the day.
  • Apply pressure and hold your arm straight for 10 minutes if the site begins bleeding again.
  • Take a rest if you feel dizzy or lightheaded.
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