Side effects commonly occur after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
A number of pharmaceutical giants such as Moderna, Pfizerr-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations all have pain & swelling in common. Pain and swelling at the injection site are typical immune responses as the body ramps up its defenses.
The first time you take the vaccine your body begins the process of familiarizing itself with the spike protein contained in the formula. However, by the time of the second vaccine, your body is ready to mount a defense against the intruder. For most people, these symptoms typically subside within 2-3 days, though for others they may linger around for up to a week.
There is no doubt that the side effects, such as muscle soreness, muscle stiffness, inflammation and local swelling, can be unpleasant. Roughly about 83% to 87% experience pain and swelling at the injection site. Below we take a look a some to the most effective ways people are dealing with localized discomfort due to the Covid-19 vaccination.
Disclaimer: It is not advisable to take over-the-counter medications prior to vaccination, as it may reduce the strength of the antibody response. Be sure to communicate any symptoms you are experiencing to your doctor and discuss any over-the-counter medications you are considering taking following your COVID vaccine.
1. Cool the area down
The application of an ice pack will slow down blood flow to the injection site and in doing so, reduce the inflammatory response of the body, which leads to swelling. If you don’t have a commercial cold pack at home, get creative. Common household items can be turned into makeshift ice packs. For example, you can place a couple of tea towels in the fridge for an hour or so, wring a washcloth drenched with chilled water, or fill a properly-sealed plastic bag with ice, then wrap a cloth around it, before applying these to the site of the COVID-19 shot
2. Take an over-the-counter painkiller
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approves of those who recently received the
COVID-19 vaccine shot taking the over-the-counter pain medications you probably have in your bathroom cabinets right now, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Both of these painkillers are anti-inflammatories and can combat any arm soreness you are experiencing. An acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), can also be used to reduce post-COVID vaccination pain. Be sure not to take painkillers on an empty stomach as you risk liver damage and an upset stomach.
3. Dampen the allergic response
If an allergic reaction to ingredients in the vaccine formula is behind your woes, taking an antihistamine can help to ease your symptoms. Antihistamines can work against COVID-19 vaccine-induced inflammation and swelling by blocking the effects of a chemical substance produced by the body called histamine.
4. Try a topical CBD cream
CBD creams and oils are powerful anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. Cannabidiol (typically referred to as CBD) is one of many cannabinoids in the hemp plant, a variety of cannabis sativa with particularly low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the compound in other cannabis varieties known to give users a high. The presence of cannabidiol is why the hemp plant comes with a myriad of health benefits.They achieve this because of the high concentration of cannabinoid receptors on our skin, connected to how we experience pain sensation, amongst other things. Notably, a 2017 study revealed that treatment with CBD put an end to the pain experienced by rats afflicted with osteoarthritis. CBD is one of the best ways to reduce both localized swelling and pain.
5. Keep it moving
Move your arm as much as possible in order to reduce muscle soreness. If you avoid doing so, muscle tension and aches will only increase. Some exercises you can try include gently rotating your arm above your head in a circular motion about a dozen times, or so. Aim to do at least half a minute of these arm rotations at regular intervals throughout the day.
6. Keep yourself hydrated
Don’t forget to drink a cup of water every hour or so after your COVID vaccine, for a well-hydrated body. By increasing your fluid intake, you’ll not only help your body to regulate your internal body temperature better, but also contribute to the proper-functioning of your body and strengthen your muscles.
If you are suffering from pain post-vaccination, you are not alone, but thankfully there are many ways for you to overcome this common issue which typically arises after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Don’t forget to check out our blog here, to learn more about how CBD oils and creams work when applied to the skin and how they can help you to manage post-vaccination pain effectively.