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Hand swollen after vaccine shot

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: July 12, 2021 5:24 PM
Anonymous 2 months

Hi, I received AZ vaccine shot on last Wednesday. I was having mild fever the next day & I am alright after taking the panadol. On the next day, I started feeling hand pain (the injection part). This 2 days, I noticed my hand went swollen and can see redness on the skin. It is not very painful, but the swollen feeling more stronger day by day. Should I consult doctor for medication or wait for it to disappear by itself? Thanks.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 2 months
General Practitioner

Hi thank you for the given question.
We understand your concern regarding the post effects of the Covid-19 vaccine.
We hope our answers would help.
Most of the vaccine side effects are self- limiting.
Although this is the case, always stay alert for any of the side effects below.
Please do seek immediate medical help if any of these side effects are noticed.

  • severe persistent headache
  • blurred vision
  • fainting and seizures
  • stomach and chest pain
  • swelling or pain in the legs
  • shortness of breath/trouble breathing
  • Bruising easily

Depending on your symptoms, you may try:

  • putting a cold compress (such as a damp washcloth) on the injection site
  • using your arm, rather than keeping it inactive, to reduce injection site discomfort
  • checking with your doctor to see if you can take over-the-counter painkillers
  • drinking lots of fluids
  • wearing lighter clothing, if you’re feeling feverish

I hope the given information helps and we wish dad a fast recovery .

If these symptoms that he is experiencing persists further ,do not be hesitant to seek medical advice.

You may use our online consultation service to get in touch with a doctor.

Hope we have answered your question satisfactorily. Thank you

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Last Updated: Mon Jul 12 2021 17:24:16 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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