I just wanted to let people know about a reaction I got at the site of the injection 8 days after I received it. Nobody says anything about this, probably because only 0.8% of trial recipients got it and they haven't done enough research yet to see what causes it.
Hi @srk5cats it happened for my first Moderna. The itching made me roll my long sleeves up before scratching too much. Glad I did as I probably would have done some damage to vaccine site with my nails. I went online and they said to use an ice pack, hydrocortisone cream or benadryl. I had the first two and my stomach does not like any over-the-counter meds. So I try to avoid them when possible. Yes, the bright red scared me but all was back to normal in about a week. I was told it was a DELAYED allergic reaction. Thank goodness it didnot happen with my second vaccine 🙂 Glad you posted this so folks will know.
Did it look kind of like this? It is pretty common now - in fact, they are even calling it "Covid arm" or "Moderna arm" - I had it with my 1st Shingrix (Shingles) vaccine. Itched like crazy - then just went away. I did NOT have it with my Covid-19 vaccination (Moderna) course my 2nd one is just now coming up. It is just another immune response that some bodies give off.
I've never had a reaction before to a shot, so it scared me. They are also calling it "Vaccine Arm". I haven't had a Shingles shot yet. Mine looks similar to yours except I don't have spots and it's not quite as big. Do you have allergies?
No mine didn't have spots either - could have been that picture - I have a better one in my file but that was the 1st one I found on the web - it came from Mass General based on the NEJM article that you posted dated about the 1st part of March.
I had never had it before either - it didn't scare me so much since it seemed to be so topical - I didn't have it with the 2nd Shingrix shot - just the 1st one. And I had absolutely NO reaction to the 1st Moderna - not even a sore arm. I was prepared for a down day or a couple of them - but nothing. I take the next one on April 06.
Mine reaction was pretty large and it worked its way down towards my elbow - started about 5 days after my 1st Shingrix shot then it got red, swollen, felt warm to touch - each day it got better and better - if not for the itching I actually felt nothing.
I used aloe and took some benadryl - yes, I have some allergies but mostly to airborne stuff like pollen - all upper respiratory not topical.
Yes, it was weird. You are wise to post about it here.