Cleveland, Ohio. (Ivanhoe News Agency) – Annual mammograms can detect cancer at an earlier and treatable stage, saving lives. Of course, the COVID vaccine will save lives by preventing many people from contracting and spreading the virus. However, you may want to know that the COVID vaccine can have surprising side effects, especially if you plan to have a mammogram soon.
When performing a mammogram, the technician must not only image the breast, but also the area near the armpit. At present, some women who have been vaccinated against COVID are experiencing unexpected reactions.
“Not everyone, but some patients will see enlarged or swollen lymph nodes on mammograms,”
The US Centers for Disease Control reported that 11% of COVID vaccinators had swollen lymph nodes after the first injection. After the second, 16% of people swelled. The swelling started about two to three days after the vaccination. This is why doctors say that it is important for women to inform their providers whether they have been vaccinated recently, which vaccine they were vaccinated with, and whether it was the first or second dose.
“This provides us with information that helps us read mammograms. Other things such as cancer can also cause swollen lymph nodes. So this is why we want to know the history of vaccines,” Dr. Marshall explained.
The doctor said that the swelling should disappear within four to six weeks. This is the body’s normal response to the vaccine.
“If the size of the lymph nodes does not decrease in about two months, then they should be checked and ultrasounds should be performed to make sure nothing else happens,” Dr. Marshall shared.
The CDC reported cases of swollen lymph nodes in patients using Pfizer vaccine and Moderna vaccine.
The doctor said that sometimes patients will feel swelling under the armpits, and in other cases, lymph nodes can be found on mammograms, but the patients do not feel it.
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