What is giving yourself a shot?

Giving Yourself a Shot

Giving yourself a shot: What if you don't like needles?

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.

Giving yourself a shot: What to do if the needle bends or breaks

Here is what to do if you bend or break a needle while giving yourself a shot.

  1. Carefully remove the needle if you can.

    Dispose of the needle in a safe way (in a hard plastic, metal, or "sharps" container with a lid).

  2. If no medicine went in, you can give yourself another shot.

    If some medicine went in, check with your doctor before you give yourself another shot.

  3. If you're bleeding after you remove the needle, apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding.

    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.

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