I’ve heard people say their dermatographia has lessened since getting the COVID-19 vaccine. I’ve also had people wonder if it’s safe for those of us with dermatographia to get the shots (it totally is).
Speaking from personal experience, I have not noticed a decrease in my itchiness since getting the second Moderna shot a few weeks ago. Wouldn’t it be great if the vaccine protected us from Covid and cured dermatographia?!?
And, it is perfectly safe to get vaccinated, even if you have skin writing (as long as you’re not allergic to anything in the shot, but most people are not)! In fact, I urge you to please get the vaccine as soon as possible so we can put an end to this pandemic. I trust the science and hope you do too :+)
Actually, the worst part of getting the vaccine was taking off the band-aid. As you can see in this photograph, it left a huge welt of course. Raise your hand if you hate taking off a band-aid!
Here’s my tips for making the side effects as tolerable as possible. I did not get sick after my first or second Moderna shot, and I did all the things listed here. I did have a sore arm and felt very tired, but it wasn’t too bad overall. It’s much better than getting Corona!
1. Drink TONS of water before and after getting the shots. I’m always encouraging people to drink tons of water but it’s especially important if you want to avoid unpleasant side effects.
2. Make sure you can get a lot of sleep the night of the shot(s). Try not to schedule anything the next day, just in case. Go to bed earlier than normal. I have a young child who always gets up around 6:30-7:00am so I can’t sleep in. Instead I went to bed an hour earlier than I normally do. It was great to get 9 hours of sleep! And I definitely could’ve used more.
3. Stay active! Do not rest afterwards! Unless your doctor tells you to of course, or if you have something going on with your health. I walked a few miles right after getting my second shot, and the next day too, and I really think it helped move the stuff through my system. I felt pretty yucky when I would sit down, then got much better after moving around. And with a young child around, there’s not much time for rest anyway lol.
4. Eat a healthy meal before and after vaccination. Make something special for yourself! Take good care and treat your body well.
5. Try rubbing some arnica gel on your arm where you got the shot. Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for soreness and minor injury. It stimulates circulation which helps the body heal itself. If you don’t have arnica you can still massage your arm really well to help ease the soreness.
6. Take a high quality CBD tincture. CBD is anti inflammatory and can relieve pain and soreness. It helped my arm feel a lot less sore!
Have you been vaccinated? What other questions do you have about it? Do you have any tips for making it easier?
*Please keep in mind that I’m not a doctor or medical professional. Speak to your doctor if you have concerns. I’m sharing what worked for me but everyone is different 🙂