Allergies Can Have Impact on Blood Supply

April 9, 2012

High Pollen Could Mean Low Blood Supplies


The American Red Cross saw an eight percent decline in blood donations in March of 2012 compared to March 2011, and spring allergies could be part of the reason.  While a number of factors could be contributing to the decline, blood donors in some parts of the country have indicated that allergies are impacting their ability to donate.


It is difficult to quantify how many, but some donors have expressed uncertainty about whether they are suffering from allergies versus a cold.  While a cold, sinus or respiratory infection could impact someone’s ability to donate blood, allergies alone do not necessarily make a donor ineligible to give.  Donors taking allergy medications are encouraged to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to ask a Red Cross health professional about their eligibility to give blood.


Donate blood to provide a fresh start to those in need. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and just one donation can help save up to three lives. Spring into action and give hope by giving blood at a Red Cross blood drive or donor center near you.