It’s very important to know that there could be two types of side effects the covid vaccine can cause, local and systemic effects.
Systemic effects can happen throughout your body, or in a different part of your body from where the shot was given.
Local effects take place where the vaccine was injected.
So any pain, skin redness or slight swelling in the arm where the shot was administered is a local reaction.
The area of your arm where the vaccine was injected could often be painful and tender after the jab.
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To help stop the pain experienced at the injection site you can try these easy remedies:
Take a clean cloth, dip it in cold water, and place it on the area, this should reduce any swelling and help top relieve some of your pain.
Some find heat soothes better as it relaxes the muscle either a warm or cool compress is okay, whichever works best for you.
Ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol can also be taken post-vaccination for mild pain relief, you should only take this after you have been jabbed not as a pre-emptive move beforehand, be sure to read the recommended doses of these forms of pain relief as the dosage required can vary between different brands.
You should be told to relax your arm before being jabbed, it is essential to avoid tensing your arm muscle during the injection.
Even though some can find the process stressful it is important to try to keep your arm relaxed at your side, in a neutral position during the injection as it will be more painful for you afterwards if you don’t.
Keeping your arm active after your vaccine can help to reduce the pain.
Try to stretch out your arm gently after being vaccinated and keep it moving by gently swinging it continuously, this will increase blood flow to the injection site, which can help to lessen tenderness felt in the arm.
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