COVID-19 vaccine lymph swelling

The reaction can be seen after either dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, but the swelling will only be found on the side of the arm you got your shot in.

(KVLY/NBC News) — The COVID-19 vaccine is causing fear for some women, because of a post-shot side effect that can be mistaken for a symptom of breast cancer.

Just a few days after Beth Nokken got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, she woke up to unexpected lumps near her armpit.

“And one was the size of a golf ball. So that can be extremely concerning to someone,” Nokken says.

While it was a surprise to find the swollen lymph node, Nokken, a chiropractor, had done her research and knew it was a possibility.

“Swollen lymph nodes are something that occurs as a body’s natural response to building up antibodies, or a response to a vaccine,” explains radiologist Dr. Allison Clapp.

Clapp says the swelling will show up in your mammogram, but says that’s no reason to cancel an upcoming appointment. Instead, she says to just let your doctor know which arm you got your vaccine in and they’ll handle the rest.

Clapp says the reaction can be seen after either dose, but the swelling will only be found on the side of the arm you got your shot in.

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