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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?

Usually, yes.: Any vaccine can make your muscles sore in the area -- a sharp pointy object has been stuck into them, and fluid is put in a space where there hadn't been any. Massaging the area, using warm compresses, and doing easy arm exercises helps to work 'kinks' out. Gardasil protects against a virus that causes cancer, so the benefits outweigh any side effects. If area reddens or swells, see your doctor. ...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

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Can I get the gardasil shot if i'm pregnant?

Can I get the gardasil shot if i'm pregnant?

Yes and no: There is no evidence at this time of fetal harm from gardasil, and there probably never will be as it's not a live vaccine, but the manufacturer recommends waiting until after you deliver before starting the series. ...Read more

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If you already have hpv, is the gardasil shot necessary?

If you already have hpv, is the gardasil shot necessary?

Yes: Most of the time women don't know exactly which hpv type they are infected with. In addition, women often clear hpv infection all by themselves! for these reasons, you should be vaccinated regardless of hpv status since you still may derive some benefit from the vaccine. ...Read more

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Will I be protected against HPV after my 2nd shot of gardasil?

Will I be protected against HPV after my 2nd shot of gardasil?

Not completely: Studies have shown that full immunity and complete benefit is only achieved in individuals who receive all three injections of the Gardasil vaccine. The vaccination schedule is at 0, 2, and 6 months. ...Read more

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Is there any sexual activity that nullifies the gardasil shot?

Is there any sexual activity that nullifies the gardasil shot?

Probably not: Gardasil is a 3-shot vaccine that prevents infection from 2 strains of hpv virus that cause cervical cancer, and 2 strains that cause genital warts. It also prevents anal warts (and maybe anal cancer) due to the same strains, in both men and women. The antibodies one produces from the vaccine flow in the bloodstream everywhere. Other body sites are probably protected, but this has not been proven. ...Read more

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How soon after receiving a gardasil shot is it okay to get drunk?

How soon after receiving a gardasil shot is it okay to get drunk?

Binge drinking: Binge drinking is unsafe in any condition. No contraindications between alcohol and hpv vaccine. Drink safely and responsibly. Drinking for the sake of getting drunk is unsafe. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to get the Gardasil shot for HPV? Im only 19.

How old do you have to be to get the Gardasil shot for HPV? Im only 19.

Here are ...: Gardasil (for 6, 11, 16 &18 strains) has been recommended for males of 9-15 yrs and for females of 9-26 yrs as proved in June 2006 in the US. ...Read more

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Can you pass HPV on to your partner if you have already had the gardasil shot?

Can you pass HPV on to your partner if you have already had the gardasil shot?

Depends: If you have pre-existing hpv infection prior to the Gardasil vaccine or if you acquire a different type of hpv (other than 16, 18, 6, or 11), you could pass it along to your partner. Gardasil protects from the 4 hpv types mentioned above, which are linked to 90% of genital warts and 70% of all cervical cancers. ...Read more

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If I am exposed to HPV after one month of my first shot of gardasil, will I get hpv?

Possible: The protection is best after all three injections. However, even one injection could infer some protection. ...Read more

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When getting the gardasil shot, do you have to get the shots within a certain period of time?

Yes: There is a schedule for the Gardasil vaccine. You get the first dose, then get the second dose 2 months after the first dose, and finally the third dose 6 months after the first dose. 3 shots total. ...Read more

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