In a new finding, coughing reduces the pain Iof a needle being inserted into the skin for local anesthetic, an intravenous (IV) Iine or when blood is drawn.

Reason: Coughing at the moment the needle is injected distracts a part of the brain that also perceives pain.
Important: Before trying this approach, ask the practitioner to observe whether you move your arm when you cough.

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