A COVID 19 shot comes with all sorts of skin reactions. Shingles, measles-like rashes on the skin and COVID toes are just a few among them to mention. These, according to experts, are quite rare. They don’t even last long. And to add up to the relief, none among them are dangerous. These minor side effects may annoy you. You can report the same to your healthcare provider. There are instances of people getting full body rashes after receiving vaccination. They recovered fast and were able to receive the second dose. If your body reacts within four hours, they may not be serious. The delayed reaction, perhaps, may take up to eight days to appear. The observations got published in a recent Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. But these were based only on the cases recorded in the dermatological registry. And this is not an evaluation of the adverse reactions people have in the vaccination sites all over the country. Scientists believe that these side effects are quite rare due to the low numbers of such instances in a large number of vaccine recipients.
COVID 19 Skin Reactions Not Dangerous, Say, Scientists
Vaccines may cause adverse skin reactions. But if they don’t happen within four hours of the jab, they may not be serious. Experts observe that people can happily get the second dose of the vaccine. Even if you happen to have rashes all over the body, if it did not happen within four hours of the jab, they may not be life-threatening. They also note that the majority of people don’t develop any adverse skin reaction after receiving vaccination.
Clinical trials of Pfizer and Moderna reported that skin reactions to their vaccines are quite rare. Another recent survey done among more than 65000 people found out that life-threatening reactions like anaphylaxis seldom happen after vaccination.
A report published lately in the New England Journal states that skin reactions after the first dose of the vaccine were minor. At times, they did not even happen after the second shot. If at all they happened, they were minor.
The findings are quite encouraging for the physicians who exhort people to take the second dose of the vaccine. Just 43% of the people who developed skin rash after the first dose of the vaccine developed the same after the second dose. This is not even half of the people who had received the jab.
The most common skin reaction after receiving vaccination is an itchy rash on the site of injection. This may appear after 7-8 days of getting the jab. This is often referred to as COVID arm or Moderna arm. Moderna vaccines are reported to cause skin reactions up to 95%. Fortunately, majority of people who had the rashes after the first dose did not have the same after the second one. If at all they had, they were small in size. Most often, they faded within 3-4 days of appearing.
Another generally reported reaction is COVID toe. This too is rare, but itchy and annoying. COVID toes are bumps that appear on a person’s toes. These may even appear on fingers. These happen because of the small-scale inflammation in blood vessels. These too are not reasons to worry and avoid the second dose of the vaccine. These are never life-threatening.
Chickenpox, full-body rashes, and shingles are the other adverse skin reactions reported upon receiving the vaccination. Skin swelling is another such instance reported, but it is quite rare. This, according to anecdotes, happened to people who have had dermatological fillers. Even though rare, these are rare. And you don’t have to shy away from having the second dose.