i think i accidentally missed a shot about 4 days ago. at the time i used hot water to help the area absorb what may have leaked out. my whole arm was very red swollen and painful for first couple days. swelling has gone down, redness is going away but i still have a very large lump like a little larger than a quarter on my inner elbow. i havent shot anywhere near it since but i have used a sterile needle to pierce the lump a couple times to try to drain it becasue i thought it might have been an abcess i let it bleed out a little with slight pressure. but as of today no pus or other signs of infection but i could be wrong i am not familiar with iv related skin problems. i am keeping it very clean but it could have been caused by some filth!?
help? please? what should i do? i will go to er IF this could cause any serious damage if its not treated. How should this be treated?
ive been using a heating pad and taking ibuprofen to help with swelling. it doesnt itch and it really doesnt ' feel' like an infection but maybe its a really bad case of phlebitis. i have only been iv'ing filtered 'opana' pills for like a month
thank you health professionals in advance!