What to do if you have pain at the injection site
Since the vaccines being used right now are intramuscular vaccines, experiencing some pain or firmness at the injection site (forearm) is natural. Pain is a temporary reaction since a foreign body enters our body. While there’s nothing major to worry about, one way to lessen your symptoms is to apply icepacks which or use cold water therapy on the injection site. This will effectively cool down inflammation, minimize any pain you might be experiencing. Using natural pain relievers such as these could also cut down the risk of medicinal reactions.
Another way to increase movement in your arm and tame down stiffness is by exercising. Try moving your arm around in gentle, repeated motions. This could help cut down localized inflammation and any muscle aches which might be causing pain.
There’s also a way to lessen down your risk of developing reactions or muscular pain, which is by choosing the arm to get vaccinated in. This is what a lot of
Can you take painkillers before or after your vaccine shot?
Using pain relievers and OTC medications may be a preferred option for people who experience acute pain, or are a bit more sensitive to pain and swelling.
While the WHO and health bodies do not recommend preventive medications before vaccination, or medicine abuse, popping in a pain medicine would be fine if people do develop symptoms or pain after getting vaccinated.
Do remember that using a painkiller may not solve all benefits, and neither is it safe from the risk of side-effects. While pain reliving medications do not interact or alter your immune response, certain medicines have been linked to a tapering antibody count. Do remember to consult with a doctor first, before using a remedial option on your own.