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What are some typical symptoms experienced after giving blood?

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Feeling lightheaded or sore at the withdrawal site are both possible after-effects of giving blood. A small amount of bleeding is also possible. Lying down for 10 to 15 minutes can relieve lightheadedness. Take a pain reliever for soreness, and apply pressure to stop the bleeding.

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More serious side effects of blood donation include continued nausea or dizziness after eating, drinking and resting as well as additional bleeding, pain or a raised bump at the site. Tingling and pain in the arm or fingers is another adverse reaction as are flu-like symptoms a few days later. Contact the donor center or a physician if you are experiencing these serious side effects.

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