Worried about post-shot side effects? Here are some tips to tackle them!
More and more people around the world have now been safely vaccinated against COVID-19. As many know, the vaccine may bring some post-shot side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. The most common side effects are fatigue, fever, headaches, body aches, chills, nausea, diarrhea, and pain at the site of injection. Side effects after your second jab may be more intense than you did after your first. These symptoms are normal signs that your body is constructing defenses and should subside within a few days.
But don’t be afraid if you have not taken your jab yet because vaccination has varied effects on different people. Some people may have few or no side effects, while others may have a slew of them and feel pretty ill.
Here are 6 remedies you can do after your first or second dose to ease any of the potential aches and pains.
1. Stay hydrated
Staying well-hydrated one to two days after the vaccine can be helpful. Dehydration can worsen the side effects that you may encounter. Drink an extra 16 to 32 ounces or so in the days coming up to the shot, or consider purchasing an extra large reusable water bottle to keep on hand after your vaccination to keep things simple. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids like water, fresh juices, or coconut water!
2. Take rest
Rest is crucial in reducing the severity of post-vaccination side effects. To reduce the severity of vaccine-induced side effects, it’s important to get plenty of sleep and rest. Take some time off from your work or family schedule and allow yourself to chill out or sign off for one or two days to get some good rest.
3. Put that arm on ice
Your arm may experience an increased influx of blood and immune cells. This can result in pain at the injection site. It is recommended to apply a cool wet towel or ice pack over the injection site to create a cold compress to reduce any swelling and pain. But try not to strain the injected arm and keep the injection site clean!
4. Eat well balanced and nutritious diet
Don’t just eat plain white porridge! To provide protection against the infection, the vaccination relies on the body’s immune system. It is important to have a well-balanced and healthy diet that contains foods rich in all key nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, and zinc to maintain a healthy immune system.
5. Keep the pain meds handy
Take pain relief medication when necessary. If you are unable to control your discomfort with self-care techniques, do take paracetamol from over-the-counter. The medication is less likely to interfere with the vaccine-induced immune response. But if you have pre-existing conditions, consult your doctor before taking any other medication.
6. Know when to call a doctor
In most cases, the side effects will subside on their own. If you are experiencing worsening side effects or other serious symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, blurred vision, abdominal pain, swelling in legs, rashes, drowsiness or seizures, etc, should seek immediate medical attention. If your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days, call your doctor.
Even if you are fully vaccinated, you should also continue practicing safety precautions to protect yourself and others. Keep yourself and others safe.