It’s important that you take good care of yourself after giving a blood sample.
Our health practitioner or doctor will take your blood with the utmost of care, however sometimes a lump and/or bruising can appear, even if this hasn’t happened previously. Please don’t worry, these side effects are usually harmless and will go away in time.
To ease any discomfort and reduce the likelihood of any side effects we suggest the following 4 steps:
Step 1 – keep the dressing/plaster on your arm or hand clean, dry and in place for three to six hours.
Step 2 -avoid straining and lifting any heavy items with your arm or hand (e.g. exercise, sports, digging, ironing, and carrying heavy bags) during this time.
Step 3 – if bleeding occurs, apply firm pressure with your fingers, preferably using a clean cloth, directly over the puncture site and elevate your arm or hand until the bleeding stops.
Step 4 – if you experience any bruising, pain, discomfort, or swelling in your arm or hand, elevate it and place an ice pack (or a few ice cubes wrapped in a towel) over the area for 10 minutes.
You should seek medical advice if you experience:
- increasing or severe pain, inflammation, or bruising
- swelling that’s not improving
- pins and needles or a feeling of numbness in your arm, hand, or fingers
- coldness or paleness in your hand/arm.