Got a COVID vaccine? Here’s How to Treat the Side Effects, Including Pain, Swelling, and More Symptoms

How to treat COVID-19 vaccine injection site pain:

One area which will react to the vaccine is that the arm where you received the shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists injection site pain and swelling as normal side effects. Here are some belongings you can do:

Pain relievers: Though the CDC and therefore the World Health Organization recommend against the preventive use of over-the-counter pain relief medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, they are doing allow them if symptoms develop after the shot. Daignault recommends checking together with your doctor first, however, if you’re already taking other medications.

Cool it down: “Ice may be a great treatment for swelling – plus for pain, and it’s often overlooked but it’s something we all have and it doesn’t interact with any medications you’ve got already,” Daignault said. Out of ice? The CDC says you’ll use a “clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area” also .

Epsom salt baths: “If it’s really sore or if you’ve got general body aches,” Daignault said, “just take 2 cups of Epsom salt, put it in some relatively warm water and soak in there for 20 minutes, finish with a chilly shower and obtain into bed.”

Exercise your arm: “The muscle ache comes from localized inflammation,” Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and California senator who chairs the Senate Committee on Health, explained to USA TODAY. “So moving the arm around can sometimes make it feel better.”

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