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Vitamin B12 injection - what size hyperdermic needle should I use?

Vitamin B12 injection - what size hyperdermic needle should I use?

The pharmacy has it: For intramuscular injection the thinnest needle that will not clog is about a 22 guage. You can also take B12 liquid under the tongue (need to hold it there for 30 seconds) or take little pills that dissolve under the tongue. ...Read more

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Got stuck with a used hypodermic needle in a parking lot could I contract HIV?

Got stuck with a used hypodermic needle in a parking lot could I contract HIV?

HIV: This depends on when the needle was last used and whether it has blood in the lumen. The chances of your getting HIV in this manner are very small but it is advisable to get tested if there is a serious question about this. Cannot imagine how this occurred unless you were using illicit drugs. That can certainly result in HIV transmission if the needle had just been used by another. Good luck. ...Read more

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How painful are botox injections? Are botox injections very painful? What is done to reduce the pain of injections? .

How painful are botox injections? Are botox injections very painful? What is done to reduce the pain of injections?

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Minimal discomfort: Botox injections are usually not painful. Tiny injections are used to target specific muscles to relax them. In our office, we usually use ice before and after the injection to minimize discomfort. Botox treatments only take a few minutes to complete and the results last 3-4 months. It's worth it! ...Read more

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What needle for IM injection of medication in small adult?18g 19g 21g 23g or 25g? 25g seem ok bt nurse said too small for IM. any larger seem painful!

What needle for IM injection of medication in small adult?18g 19g 21g 23g or 25g? 25g seem ok bt nurse said too small for IM. any larger seem painful!

21 or 23g.: I agree that 25g may be unnecessarily small. 21g or 23g would be better. Pain comes less from the size of the needle and more from the technique of the injection. ...Read more

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I had oral surgery when i was a child and the injections were incredibly painful. Has anything changed?

Yes and no: Pain on injections can be lessened by giving the injection slowly! there are several devices that allow this. But mostly its the dentist that is the greatest variable. ...Read more

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I have been giving myself fertility injections. There is a spot that is hard and a little painful. Is this normal? Will it go away?

Normal for injection: Any injection site can develop a little area of hemorrhage or irritation. This is completely normal, but you may want to vary your injection site a bit (don't hit the same spot multiple times). See your doc if it gets hot or red. ...Read more