method 2: Reducing post-injection inflammation
1- Place a cold compress or towel moistened with cold water at the injection site to reduce swelling.
If you have an injection and the skin starts to swell, lower the temperature of the site. Place an ice pack, cold pack, or towel moistened with cold water on the skin. Leave the compressor towel there until the swelling subsides.
- Do not put the ice directly on the skin without covering it with a towel or thick fabric first.
- The cold will reduce pain and tenderness in the region by reducing swelling.
- You can make your ice pack at home even with a plastic bag (zipped ones are better) and ice cubes.
- The heat intensifies the pain in the muscles, but the cold decreases the swelling. Hot compresses are not very useful in this case.
2- Take 400 mg of ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain.
Take two or three ibuprofen tablets if you experience swelling or inflammation after getting an injection. Unlike paracetamol, ibuprofen is pain and anti-inflammatory remedy, that is, it helps to reduce swelling or inflammation. Eat something before taking the medicine to not hurt your stomach or risk liver damage.
- Take a maximum of 1200 mg of ibuprofen in 24 hours safely
Tip: You can take acetaminophen with ibuprofen if you like, but it does not help with swelling or inflammation. It is generally safe to mix the two to relieve the pain well, but there is evidence that mixing them can be dangerous if done frequently. Read more methods on the next page.