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allergy shot swelling
p1andp2 posted:
Almost two weeks ago I went in to get my weekly allergy shots. One arm had a raised bump the size of a dime and the other arm got swollen. The person that gave me the shot decreased the doses in both arms, but the one arm is still swollen quite a bit. Is there anything that I can do to alleviate the discomfort?
coughy16 responded:
Taking antihistimines before the shots can help, and the only thing I have found to improve the itching, swelling & tenderness is ice. And I hate icing in the winter!!!! But it does work. It is pretty normal to get swelling with the shots, but you did the right thing by letting them know so that they can decrease or hold the dose. Mine did not start improving until I was at maintenance dose for quite some time, but the good news is that now it's not nearly as bad.
sgbl88 responded:
I agree with Sue. Taking a good antihistamine like Zyrtec or Zyzal at least one hour before the shot really does help. The ice is also very helpful. My allergist also recommends allergy eye drops which does help the itching. She will not allow patients to get shots if they have only taken Benadryl or Claritin.

Another thing to check is that the placement of the shot is dead on. I used to get soft ball size hives with a well placed shot. They would be much larger if the nurse missed the target zone and got mostly fatty tissue instead of muscle. Just last week the nurse missed and my arms swelled a lot more than they normally do now (about 4 in by 1 1/2 in that time). Talk to the nurse about where the shot is supposed to be placed before your next shot. Then you will at least know if they are hitting the target.

The size of my local reaction started getting much smaller at about 1 1/2 years of shots. They were about quarter sized before my re-test and new serum. Now one arm is dime size or smaller and the other arm is about the size of an egg.

The swelling is quite normal - uncomfortable but normal.

Take care.
God bless.

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