Antibiotic treatment

The majority of infections (bacterial or viral infections) that require an oral course of antibiotics (tablets, capsules or pharmaceutical solution), cause a temporary obstacle to blood donation. You cannot donate blood while being treated with antibiotics. Once the course of treatment has ended, you must wait for two weeks before donation.

An infection that requires inpatient care or intravenous antibiotic treatment causes a three-month obstacle to donation. A superficial, mild infection that can be treated with topical treatments (antimicrobial drugs in gel form, powder, cream, drops, vaginal suppository, etc.) does not prevent blood donation.

See also: acne and rosacea

Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors on 0800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).