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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
You may have bruising and pain where the needle was inserted. This should get better in a few days.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- Your skin where the needles were inserted is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You have numbness or have trouble moving your arm or leg.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
You may need the following:
- Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Care for your wound as directed:
Remove the bandage in 12 hours or as directed. Carefully wash around the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.
Apply ice on your wound for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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