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Covid vaccine side effects: ‘Covid arm’ reported as delayed reaction after having the jab
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Seventeen million doses of the Moderna vaccine has been ordered for use in the UK. While Britain awaits its arrival, new research demonstrates that this jab has caused a Covid rash in some participants. “Delayed cutaneous reactions developed in 12 patients, days after initial injection-related symptoms resolved,” said New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Some of the Covid rash reactions were “as severe as grade [three]”, but they “resolved in a few days with local therapy”.
Highlighting her reaction to the jab, Amelia Brown reportedly sent FOX26 pictures of her Covid arm.
The woman from Visalia, California, said she “didn’t even feel” the coronavirus vaccine being administered.
However, shortly afterwards, Brown began to feel dizzy and had a minor allergic reaction.
“In an overabundance of caution, they had me go and visit the hospital just to ensure that I was OK,” she said.
“I was, I’m here, I’m happy and the next day I went to work, not a problem.”
Thinking that was the last of it, Brown was mistaken. After the injection site was tender for a few days, Edinburgh Live stated the area became itchy and irritated.
“It was just red and angry and had hives. Like you could feel the bumps,” Brown explained.
The next morning, Brown had developed a lump on her arm – “it had just grown overnight,” she said.
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The area was “swollen, hot to the touch” and “sore”; so sore in fact, that wearing a coat was “painful”.
Brown spoke to a few different medical professionals who advised her to leave it alone unless it got worse.
Dr Praveen Buddiga, an immunologist, described Covid arm as a “delayed type of hypersensitivity”.
The “allergic reaction” can occur from seven to 10 days after the initial injection.
For anyone who does develop a Covid arm, “they should see their doctor if it doesn’t go away in 48 hours”.
The rare reaction to the Covid vaccination isn’t the only side effect to be cautious of.
The Moderna vaccine may cause Bell’s palsy in every one in 10,000 people who have the jab.
Bell’s palsy is temporary weakness or lack of movement affecting one side of the face, explained the NHS.
It can take up to nine months for a person with Bell’s palsy to fully recover.
In addition, people who’ve had facial fillers may experience a swollen face – another rare side effect of the Moderna vaccine.
More commonly, more than one in 10 people may experience any of the following:
Tenderness, swelling, redness or itching in your arm where you had the vaccine injection
Swollen lymph glands under the arm where you had the injection
Nausea or vomiting
“You are more likely to experience common side effects after the second dose,” said HSELive general health service.