You might have pushed a bacterium through the skin. After all, swabbing does nothing for sterility.
Than why do those of us who do swab, do it? Is there any reason at all?
I’m not trying to sound like a smart ass, I guess I am just undereducated on this subject.
Also is it safe to assume that injecting bacteria that is in the oil is more dangerous than the bacteria that originates on the top of the skin that can be pushed through from an injection? [/quote]
My guess is that Bushy did not mean that swabbing does nothing to reduce the concentration of bacteria on the skin, but rather was saying that any remotely typical sort of swabbing does not create actual sterility. Bacteria are tougher to get completely rid of than that.
For sure such a lackadaisical approach would never be used for any major surgery. I don’t know exactly what they do, but it’s a lot more, for good reason.
But does swabbing get the area cleaner and at least reduce the number of bacteria at the spot? Yes.
Anyway, yes, sometimes an injection generates a local reaction that probably is not an infection, but it’s natural to be concerned that it may be and to monitor it closely.
As for this sub-Q thing, the idea may be all right in the context of the low injection volumes used with Shippen’s protocol but not I think if the concept is to frequently go back to the same spot. That seems a truly bad idea.
Also, what is the point, compared to IM? For injections that can be done either way, I’ve tried sub-Q many times on the hope that it might have less chance of bruising, but at least in my own case the same (quite low, but more than desired) rate occurs with sub-Q as with IM or may be even worse sub-Q. I suppose results might vary with that though.