Question: How do you treat an allergic reaction to the flu shot?

How do you get rid of the side effects of the flu shot?

What can you do to relieve a sore arm caused by the flu shot?

  • Rest your arm. Moving your arm around during your daily activities may further aggravate the area. …
  • Try over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Taking an OTC medication may help relieve pain and swelling at the injection site. …
  • Use cold therapy.

What are the signs of an allergic reaction to the flu shot?

Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Hoarseness or wheezing.
  • Swelling around the eyes or lips.
  • Hives.
  • Paleness.
  • Weakness.
  • A fast heart beat or dizziness.

Is it normal to have a lump after flu shot?

The most common side effect following vaccination is a sore arm. If you use your arm normally after vaccination, it will help ease the soreness more quickly. In some people, vaccines may cause a lump or hardness at the injection site which persists for a few weeks.

What helps with the swelling from a flu shot?

“If you always experience soreness or swelling after a flu vaccination, take an ibuprofen about 2 hours prior to vaccination,” suggests Dr. Mora. “You can also try icing the injection site to reduce redness and swelling and taking another dose of ibuprofen to ease any soreness or swelling.”

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How long are you contagious after a flu shot?

MYTH: You can catch the flu from the vaccine.

The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus that can’t transmit infection. So, people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick anyway. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine.

How long do side effects of flu shot last?

The most common side effects from flu shots are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur. If these reactions occur, they usually begin soon after vaccination and last 1-2 days.

Should you massage arm after flu shot?

To ward off soreness, massage the shot area immediately after the injection and move your arm around to keep the muscle moving and help your body absorb the medicine.