Just got vaccinated recently? Feeling a bit strange after getting the shot? If so, you’re among the group of people who are experiencing side effects post vaccination. This is perfectly normal as it’s a sign that your body is building protection against Covid so there’s nothing to fear about. These side effects may seem alarming as they can impact your daily activities but many people have reported that the side effects will vanish after a few days. With that in mind, what are the common side effects that people experience post vaccination and how do we deal with it?
Typically, you’ll start noticing symptoms of side effects from the vaccine at the site of administration, which is the arm. There is a term for this as it’s been commonly referred to as the ‘Covid arm’. Most people who developed ‘Covid arm’ experienced pain, redness or swelling on the arm where they received the shot. Depending on the type of vaccine you received, it can be as minor as a little rash to blotchy red patches surrounding the injection site. If the symptoms of ‘Covid arm’ become bothersome, apply a clean, damply cool washcloth over the affected area and be sure to use and exercise the arm often to ease the symptoms.
Developing “Covid arm” is just the beginning of the ordeal. You’re also likely to experience side effects throughout your body with symptoms like tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.
Experiencing all the symptoms at once is uncommon but it’s best to be prepared for anything. Regardless of the symptoms you’re experiencing, it’s important not to overwork yourself to prevent unwanted complications as your body is adjusting itself to the vaccine. In fact, the best way to deal with the side effects is to get plenty of rest as your body builds resistance from the vaccine. However, should the symptoms become uncomfortable and unbearable, you may take over the counter medications to ease the discomfort. Consult your doctor before taking any form of medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin or antihistamines to ensure that it is safe for you to do so. As a reminder, never take any form of medication to prevent side effects before getting vaccinated.
And that’s how you deal with the side effects post vaccination. If you think the second dose will be pain free after experiencing side effects from the first shot, you’re out of luck. It is said that the symptoms of the second dose will be more intense than the first dose but that’s just the way it is. Getting plenty of rest and taking over the counter medications will help you cope with the side effects but if things go out of hand, visit a doctor. Remember, the side effects are only temporary so only take medications when you develop side effects. As always, stay home, stay safe and stay Covid-free!
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