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how can i avoid a sore arm after the next cervical cancer vaccine?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Can't: Your arm is sore after every vaccination you get in it, because the immune system reacts to the foreign antigens in the injection. That's how it works, and you can't avoid this because if it didn't happen you wouldn't develop immunity.

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How can I deal with a sore arm after the 3rd cervical cancer vaccine?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin: Arm soreness after a vaccination can be relieved by taking tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for a couple of days. Some people feel better by putting a cold pack on the vaccine site. If soreness is more than mild, or if there is more than slight firmness at the site, one should see a primary care doctor to evaluate for infection at the shot site, which would need to be treated with antibiotics.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can I do to avoid a sore arm after the 3rd cervical cancer vaccine?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
HPV does hurt!: Hpv is probably the roughest vaccine on people. Standing by to ice your arm and take Ibuprofen or nuprin (ibuprofen) (with food and a full glass of liquid) helps. Have someone else drive so you can keep icing a full twenty minutes (be sure no ice is directly on skin--use cloth protection. No need to add frostbite to your woes) many suggest then using the sore muscle aids quicker recovery.

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