The probability of developing a side effect is common with all vaccines and not just the covid-19 ones.
At the moment there are 15 authorized covid-19 vaccines, each to be used in at least one country worldwide.
Ways To Tackle The Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the most common side effects of the covid-19 vaccine include but are not limited to fever, headache, nausea, diarrhea, body ache, and chills.
Individuals who are concerned about the probable side effects following vaccination may consider taking some over-the-counter medications to ease out the side effects.
Although taking such medication may help in managing the symptoms of other health conditions, it is not advised in case of covid-19 vaccinations, as stated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its recommendations.
The best approach is to wait and look out for the emergence of any side effects and then attempt to ease them at an individual level rather than trying out a variety of medications based on assumption.
It is advised that a person noticing a side effect should consult his physician before opting for any over-the-counter medication to manage the symptoms.
A physician is well aware of the medical history and the general state of health for the individual. He is also well informed about the composition of the over-the-counter medications. Hence a better and safer treatment can be derived from him.
However in case an individual is able to access his physician while in discomfort and wants relief from some of the conditions like fever, headache, or body ache, there are a few safe options that can help.
Ibuprofen, paracetamol, and aspirin are some of the coon drugs that can help ease out any discomfort followed by vaccination.
Home remedies that can help.
Apart from the over-the-counter medications, there are certain self-help techniques and home remedies that can offer some help.
These remedies are also good for individuals who are not comfortable taking unprescribed medications.
These techniques include a cool compress with a clean and wet washcloth to relieve injection site discomforts like pain, swelling, or itchiness.
Any sore and stiff feeling in the arm where the injection has been administered can be managed by moving them as much as possible.
Although it may seem contrary, a continuous movement of the arm loosens the muscle and prevents more stiffness.
Individuals experiencing low fever and chills should consume plenty of water to avoid dehydration and remain in light layered clothing to avoid overheating of the body.
What do we mean by the covid arm?
Covid arm is a red rash that occur at the site of injection around 7 days after receiving the first dose of vaccine, this is a common side effect associated with the Moderna vaccine.
This rash may look concerning but it does not pose any serious threat, it can be easily treated with the help of a cool compress with a wet cloth or ice pack wraps.
Individuals can also consider discussing with a physician the option of taking an antihistamine like Benadryl that can avert such a situation.
As this medication can make a person drowsy, driving should be avoided till the effect of the drug is waned off.
How long can side effects last?
Any side effect associated with covid-19 vaccines can typically last only a few days, if they continue after that one should seek medical supervision.
Some side effects like fever or chills can mimic the symptoms of covid-19.
It is important to note that a person can contract the covid-19 infection right after getting the vaccine does as the body has still not prepared enough antibodies to fight the vaccine, so a vaccine cannot provide absolute protection right from the start.
In case such symptoms arise it is advisable to take covid detection tests and consult the doctor with the results.