He stuck it out for several days before making an appointment with a dermatologist, who sent him to an emergency room where he was quickly admitted to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
Doctors think the reaction was due to a rare interaction between Terrell’s genetics and the shot
‘We ruled out all the viral infections, we ruled out COVID-19 itself, we made sure that his kidneys and liver was okay, and finally we came to the conclusion that it was the vaccine that he had received that was the cause,’ Dr Fnu Nutan, who treated Terrell.
‘kin is the largest organ in the body, and when it gets inflamed like his was, you can lose a lot of fluids and electrolytes,’ she said, explaining that the reaction can become life-threatening as a result of dehydration if left untreated.
Allergic reactions to all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S.
In fact, they are even more uncommon with Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine than those made by Moderna and Pfizer.
It’s not clear what, if any, allergies Terrell has.
But his doctors suspect that he may have some rare genetic traits the interact with ingredients in the vaccine to trigger the out of control and painful reaction he had to the shot.
Within five days, Terrell had recovered and was sent home, though he says he is still weak and regaining his strength.
Still, both he and Dr Nutan say the shot is worth it.
‘If you look at the risk for adverse reaction for the vaccine it’s really, really low,’ Dr Nutan said.
‘We haven’t seen a great concern at all. I am a big proponent of the vaccine.’
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