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Tips to Make Blood Glucose Tests Less Painful

Detecting your blood-glucose levels can be a painful task. The prick can be painful and can lead to sores on your fingers. Follow these tips and experience much lesser pain the next time you test your blood-glucose levels.

Diabetes By Vasudha Bhat / Nov 21, 2014

Skin the Pain

Checking blood glucose levels means pricking your finger to obtain a drop of blood. This, in turn, means sitting through painful pricking of the needles and later, sore fingers. Although some people say that they have gotten used to the pain, there still are people who say that they find it virtually painful. So, here are some tried-and-tested methods to make it less painful.

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Check What’s Best for you

There are people who experience unbearable pain during blood glucose test. Thus, it is advisable for them to check which spot suits them the best. For some people one side of the pad placed close to the nail is a really comfortable place to prick. Similarly, you must also find yours.

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Don’t Prick Finger Tips

The finger tips are highly sensitive and can be more painful to be pricked on than any other part of the finger. You can also pinch or put pressure on the place where you are going to test to seal it. This can reduce the pain significantly.

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Avoid Using Alcohol to Sterilize Finger

When you use alcohol to sterilize the finger, it dries up the skin causing more cracking and pain. Instead of cleaning your finger with alcohol, wash it with warm water.

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Keep alternating the Fingers

Use different fingers every time you prick to test blood glucose levels. Pick an easy-to-remember pattern so that you do not end up using the same finger over and over. If you have sore fingers don’t use them until they heal completely.

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Avoid Re-using the Equipment

Each time you perform a test at home, use a new lancent. Lancents get dull when use them over and over, resulting in a more painful prick.

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Do not Squeeze Blood from Fingertips

It is common practice to squeeze the finger tip in case enough blood does not ooze out from the prick. Avoid doing this and instead, hang your head down below the waist for five seconds. If needed, you can also squeeze bottom of the finger base and then move upwards without reaching the fingertip.

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Pick the Right Blood Glucose Monitor

There are some blood-glucose monitors that require much less blood than others. Try to use those models. There are some other models that let you draw blood from other parts of the body other than fingers, like arms.

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