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Here is what to do if you notice an air bubble in the syringe.
You may need to add a small amount of medicine to the syringe to get a full dose.
Injecting a small air bubble into the skin or a muscle is usually harmless. But it might mean you aren't getting the full dose of medicine, because the air takes up space in the syringe.
Here is what to do if you bend or break a needle while giving yourself a shot.
Dispose of the needle in a safe way (in a hard plastic, metal, or "sharps" container with a lid).
If some medicine went in, check with your doctor before you give yourself another shot.
Clean the wound with soap and water, and cover it with a bandage, if needed, to protect it.
If you can't remove the needle, or if a broken part of the needle didn't come out, you need medical attention. A doctor will help remove the needle.
If you see blood in the syringe, it means you might have hit a blood vessel. This usually isn't harmful. If you see blood in the bottom of the syringe (hub) before you push in the plunger:
Use a hard plastic, metal, or "sharps" container with a lid.
You can put a new needle on the syringe and then give the injection in a new spot.
To help prevent infection when giving yourself a shot, always wash your hands, clean the injection site, and keep your needles sterile.
If you notice signs of infection, call your doctor. These signs include:
Your doctor or nurse will show you where you can inject your medicine. Keep track of where on your body you inject your medicine. You may want to note the site and the date on a diagram of your body. Give your next shot in another area, or at least an inch away from your last shot.
Bruising means you might have hit a small blood vessel. This usually isn't harmful. If you have a bruise, use other areas for your shots until the bruise heals.
Many people don't like needles, but they learn to use them because it's important for their health. You can learn how to give yourself shots.
See if someone at home can help you with your shot. A nurse can also help you feel more comfortable giving yourself shots by helping you practice what you need to do. The nurse may show you how to practice on a firm fruit like an orange and can help you learn the best technique. Learning about the process of giving yourself shots can help.
Current as of:
August 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Current as of: August 18, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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