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Doctor insights on: Arm Swell Gardasil Shot

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I recently got a HPV or gardasil shot in my left arm. It has now been two days and symptoms of a reaction have developed. Please help!

I recently got a HPV or gardasil shot in my left arm. It has now been two days and symptoms of a reaction have developed. Please help!

Local reaction: Reactions at the site of injection occur with some frequency with almost any vaccine. If this continues to enlarge, be red and tender or if you have any symptoms such as fever or chills, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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I got the Gardasil shot a month ago and my arm still has moderate pain with limited mobility. Should I be concerned and should I visit a doctor?

I got the Gardasil shot a month ago and my arm still has moderate pain with limited mobility. Should I be concerned and should I visit a doctor?

Very unusual: Injection site pain can occur with any shot, including Gardasil and other vaccines, but should clear up in a few days; unusual to last this long. What does "limited mobility" mean? Because it hurts to move the arm? Conceivably you have a bacterial infection in that area. See the doctor who gave the shot. (If it was first Gardasil dose and nothing serious is found, it's time for your second dose.) ...Read more

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I had my last gardasil vaccine 2 months ago. No complications. Now i have a lump on my arm that hurts to touch and move my arm. Should i be concerned?

I had my last gardasil vaccine 2 months ago. No complications. Now i have a lump on my arm that hurts to touch and move my arm. Should i be concerned?

Infection?: If the lump is exactly at the site of the vaccine injection, maybe it is a delayed infection or other reaction to the shot. This sort of thing is rare but could happen. If the lump is anywhere else, probably it has nothing to do with the vaccine. See a doctor soon if the area continues to enlarge or becomes more tender; if any redness; or if you have fever. ...Read more

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Got the gardisil shot 2 days ago and my arm still hurts today...Is this normal?

Got the gardisil shot 2 days ago and my arm still hurts today...Is this normal?

Sometimes: It happens sometimes, should get better and better by next week. Try to keep moving around but no heavy lifting, take over the counter pain med, gentle massage, contact the doctor if not improving next week. It doesn't mean will happen with other gardisil shots, so be sure to complete series. Sore arm is better than procedures and treatments for cervical cancer which the shot helps prevent. ...Read more

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How long will my arm be sore after getting the gardisil vaccine?

How long will my arm be sore after getting the gardisil vaccine?

24 hours: Arm soreness can occur with any vaccination but typically it resolves within 24 hours. Sometime the soreness may last for 2-3 days ...Read more

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Who should get the gardasil shot?

Who should get the gardasil shot?

Gardasil indications: Merck, the vaccine manufacturer, recommends vaccination for people age 9-26 years for prevention of some of the strains of HPV that cause genital warts and certain cancers. It will not treat the infection if it has already been transmitted, but may offer protection from getting infected with other strains. ...Read more

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Should i the gardasil shot when im sick?

Should i the gardasil shot when im sick?

Depends: For most, a minor illness will not alter the benefit of getting the shot as it will seek out and stimulate a part of your immune system not active with your illness. If you feel bad enough that you don't want to get out and get it done i would just do it when you are feeling better. ...Read more

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What to be feeling after this gardasil shot?

What to be feeling after this gardasil shot?

Possibly nothing: You may not feel anything. Possible side effects from Gardasil include pain/redness/ swelling at the injection site, fever, headache or fainting. I have not seen abdominal pain listed as a side effect from gardasil. ...Read more