Some Important FAQs on COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

COVID vaccine roll-out has begun in most countries and in India, booster shots have been scheduled for the ones who received the vaccine in the first place.

A week post-vaccination (usually after the second shot) is the time most people begin to experience pain and other dreaded side effects. Right now, a lot of us have also heard about what to expect, or the side-effects of inoculation from personal accounts or experience.

While side-effects with vaccines are temporary (and a good indicator), fear can push people away. It can also be harder for the ones who have a lower pain threshold to deal with them. The good news, There are some easy ways to minimize them.

Q. 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.

Q. How should you deal with swellings and rashes?

Swellings and rashes are also common inflammatory reactions that can be expected in the week post-vaccination. Considered to be signs that a vaccine is working well, swellings, rashes or fever does subside on their own in 1-2 days time. However, for some, it can be painful or make them feel sick. Therefore, making use of some kind of ice treatment can be the best way to minimize swelling, pain and related reactions. Using Epsom salt baths, often prescribed as a natural reliever may also help your symptoms.

Q. 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-relieving 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. To learn more ways to boost your immune response with the COVID-19 vaccine, here are some tips.

Q. How can you relieve other symptoms and side effects?

The other known side-effects and symptoms, even if rare is said to be fever, body pain, fatigue, all of which are immune reactions.

While using antipyretic and pain-relieving medicines is an option if you feel sick, natural remedies can also be used if you aren’t a big fan of medicines, or fear the risk associated with the use of painkillers with vaccines.

Natural herbs and medicines, such as giloy juice work as an excellent fever-reducing medication. Drinking enough water, staying hydrated and most importantly, eating well will naturally cut down your risk of vaccine side-effects, and get you back on your feet in no time.

If you are someone who is prone to developing infections or symptoms often, you can also consider taking some time off, rest and heal.

Q. Are there any other precautions to take?

Just as you would, during the pandemic, basic hygiene and precautions do need to be followed even after getting vaccinated.

The use of alcohol has been prohibited for some weeks after receiving a vaccine dose. Alcohol can negatively impact the immune system, so it’s best to have a good diet.

Another good way to ensure the vaccine works well is by avoiding stressful activities which could make you more prone to side effects, or bring additional woes.

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