Shots taken to have immunity against flu can be painful. Basically, a flu shot is injected in the arm or your shoulder muscles. Pain could be a response initiated by receptors in humans. The application of a shot over your muscles can have a different mechanism. The human immune system generates a response when it comes to the shot. This inflammation is a sign that your immune is producing some unique antibodies that can help to counter the antigen. The arm muscles can help you to get the best performance of your vaccine over your immune system.
Why are shots given in the arm?
There can be a different spots where injections can be given on a human body. Most of these places either have soft areolar tissues which can tolerate a piercing easily or have efficient connectivity with the other part of your body. On the other hand response to the atrial and venous supply can be different in different parts. Even the immune response can be different in various parts. For example, Gluteus Maximus falls behind in quick neural responses. It can give you a soft surface to inject, but it is not richly supplied with the important veins and arteries.
One of the major veins of the lower abdomen, the Great Sciatic passes through this region. If the injection is given there, it can cause disturbance near the vein. It is very sensitive and causes you a long term pain. One will never want an injection in a critical area where your moments are restricted even as a social convention; arm shots are convenient both for the patient and the doc.
Why does the pain start after Flu shots?
- The first and the most primitive thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that a needle, made of hard metal is piercing your living soft tissue. This metal is likely going to pierce your skin and other layers. Even some of the important blood capillaries and vessels would be pierced. It is necessary in this place to be a cause of pain. It is the basic function of the sensory receptors and the other pathways working for pain reception. Pain in a human body is actually an alarm sign generated by your brain to check out something unusual had happened out there in the place where the pain is seen.
- Inflammation can be the next reason why this pain occurs. Inflammation is a very common thing seen in any injury of your body. Even if you fall and have a big scratch on your body, the redness you see at the sight of injury is inflammation. Body do respond in such ways, and pain is one of these.
- Flu shots are very harsh for somebodies, and hence the side-effects can cause you to pain for a while.
How to knock out Flu Shot pains?
Knocking out the pain could be a hard process when you talk of a flu shot. If you see this inflammation from an aspect, this pain is good. It is a good response to your body immunity. It can help you assure that your body is not weak for a response against an antigen. However, there could be procedures to reduce this pain.
Some of these are given below in the next section-
Now there can be some procedures you can do before taking a shot
- As they say, eating something sweet can be very beneficial for getting relief over pain and stress. This makes your body secrete some chemicals which can help you in getting over the pain caused.
- It is also observed that some people get pain only if they see the needle. It can be explained physiologically. So better not to see the needle.
- If the shot is too painful for you, ask your doctor to give medication. However, this is a limited case and only can be done in a serious requirement.
After the shot
- Compression – If you press the area of inflammation under severe pressure, it can help you to get rid of pain up to a huge extent. The pressure you applied can help to avoid the impulse of pain from the target organ to the central nervous system.
- Cold and hot techniques – Talking of home remedy, this one is among the best one. All you need is to apply ice and cool the area of inflammation. It can help to cut out the unwanted reception of pain. After a few days to ensure a good blood flow over the area, we also prefer to give heat compressions using a heat compressor. It certainly can help you to get rid of the pain.
- Don’t make your hand stable – Keep your hand moving in certain moments to have the maximal blood flow. If there is no flow, not just pain, but different problems could occur. If the blood flow is good and hand is in motion, pain can decrease with time. Even if you move your hand in a limited motion, it’s always good to have blood flow.
- Pain Killers – Some patients are not the ones who can tackle hard pain for a few days that a flu shot produces. This can lead to a stressful condition for the patient. To tackle this pain, a dose of painkillers can be provided. It completely depends on the body and its actual capacity to take a painkiller. A doctor will prescribe these medicines, and one should never take any such medication after a flu shot by himself. It can cause some fatal problems.
All these points we mentioned above are some of the best ways to get rid of the pain caused after taking a flu shot. But really speaking, tolerance to this much pain on a normal body is fine, and an individual should be strong enough at least to face pain caused by an annual Flu-Shot.