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Skin Reaction to Flu Shot?
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An_187562 posted:
I received a flu shot last week and the day after I developed a skin rash about an inch away from the injection site. It's a raised bump, very red, itchy, has tiny little bumps on top of the large red area. Is this a reaction to the shot or something else entirely? I have been putting hydrocortisone cream on it but it's not going away.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I don't know....I have no way of examining your injection site. Any vaccine can cause a local reaction, but without the ability to see it first-hand, I really can't offer you a defintive answer. We occasionally see infections as a result of an injection. The "something else" could also be an insect - mosquito bite?

If this possible reaction is concerning you, you may need to see your medical provider so you can have this properly examined.
 
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MissJulie1977 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thanks, I figured that would be the case since you can't see it. Spider bite crossed my mind so I guess I will read about that next. Thanks.
 
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UncleHank responded:
I have a reaction to a recent shot that covered 3 types of flu. I have had it for 2 months now and i thought "spider bite" also. It is oozing and open. I am not too concerned about it but would like to know if you found out anything yet? Thanks
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to UncleHank's response:
If you have an area that is "oozing and open", this is a cause for concern. Any injection...not just a flu shot....can cause an abscess (from germs from the skin surface going deeper in your tissue).

I think you need to see your medical provider so you can have this oozing, open area properly examined.


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