Tired of poking fingers.

By sisson Latest Reply 2015-07-30 17:33:11 -0500
Started 2008-10-13 13:26:11 -0500

Do you ever get tired of poking your fingers and they are so dry at the tips that they hurts so bad. They tell us not to squeez the tips of them to take the blood out but what is there to do when they is dry skin at the tips. If anyone out there knows someting let me know!

58 replies

helenjmidgett 2015-07-30 17:33:11 -0500 Report

My NP tells me to try using the sides of the fingers some. The CNA in the clinic I go to does that and most times I don't even feel it at all.

lneider 2013-03-15 19:54:57 -0500 Report

wash hands with warm water before testing don't sqeeze but milk the finger to the poke site Linda worth a try Linda

MoeGig 2012-10-16 18:03:58 -0500 Report

I guess until they come out with a watch that can read your blood glucose, we're "stuck" doing this a couple times per day.

LeClerc55 2012-10-16 13:08:45 -0500 Report

I don't stick the tips of my fingers, I stick the "ball" of the finger tip,, right in the middle, the "fat" part,, does not seem to hurt much.. as long as I have a fresh lancet and dont have the setting too high. My fingertips do sometimes get dry, but only when I dont use my regular moisturiser..Jergens Utra-healing.. it is the only thing I have found that works on the dry fingertips and dry skin.

bucsgirl 2012-04-12 18:37:12 -0500 Report

No matter which finger I stick there is no blood in them, just happened about a week ago don`t know what to do, any suggestions?

Lizardfan 2012-04-12 12:20:58 -0500 Report

Mine don't hurt but they sure as heck bruise a lot! I try to rotate using my fingers, but tend to use my middle fingers as I get the best response there. I also have dry skin on my hands from all the hand washing that I have to do.

2011-05-20 22:09:58 -0500 Report

I poke the same finger everyday, twice a day. (My left ring finger) It's always the "juiciest". I might have to milk it, every so often, but that particular finger has never failed me. And I have to agree w/Gabe. I don't feel it when I poke myself because it's so callused.

Gabe A.
Gabe A. 2011-05-20 18:42:21 -0500 Report

I poke in the exact same spot every single time which is my left pinkie finger. After a couple of months, it has gotten so callused over that I feel almost no pain.

spitfirelady 2011-05-20 17:01:32 -0500 Report

Ok, I have a mixture that might help you…to a small jar add some sugar ( a cup)! ha, now we can use the sugar…then, add olive oil slowly in increments mixing constantly till the sugar get slightly wet with the oil. Rub this on you hands/fingers/feet and let sit for awhile or put on some cotton socks on feet/hands for 20 minutes after rubbing it into the skin. You could use salt instead of sugar if you like! It is a scrub but using the olive oil is a thicker agent and will coat better. Keep extra in fridge for up to week. This is one of the scrubs we used in my Spa in Colorado. Hope it helps! Let me know. Use the cheapest olive oil for this…good for the whole body..BUT, be seated on side of tub if you put on feet! Slippery!!!( And if you do in shower, use stool and have cleanser nearby and broom to sweep the floors from getting slippery.) I sit on the side of a tub to scrub my feet. Enjoy! You can add scents to this if you have them. scented oils about 5-8 drops.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-20 14:33:53 -0500 Report

I never use my fingers for a stick. I use the area on my arm, right below my elbow. It may not give you as accurate as a reading from your finger, but it is close enough. I work with chemicals, wood, dirt, and all sorts of stuff, and finger poking was not acceptable. Been doing the area below the elbows for 5 years now. Jim

Anjoyla 2010-03-18 03:29:58 -0500 Report

I do I use the sides of my fingers if I do it on either ring finger it gets and infection. I use the one touch ultra due to the fact the doc can upload results. She wants it that way. However; the clicker if on too low won'tspike the blood so it's on 4 it hurts. I use Niva hand cream it works . I crochet and knit so it really helps.

Beav 2010-03-18 00:05:52 -0500 Report

I use the side of my fingers mostly, 1/8th inch from the nail and I change fingers alot. I use One Touch Ultra Soft Lancets, they are very thin and the test strips don't have to have alot of blood either. Still stings through, if that would go away I would be fine with the tests.

pkwillhoite 2011-05-20 12:29:46 -0500 Report

Do you still get good readings? That is what I dont know … If you change the place then do you still get the right numbers…

sisson 2011-05-21 21:50:30 -0500 Report

Well I have never tried to poke myself any were eless or have I ask my doctor. I think next time I see her I will ask and I will let you know.

Hinboyz3 2010-03-17 20:02:47 -0500 Report

Yes I know exactly what your talking about. It drives me nutts, my fingers are so dry at the tips, and when I look at them I see tiny pin holes. It's getting to the place where I have to close my eyes just to poke them. But what can we do Sisson, we have to do what we must to make sure were healthy. All I want is nice soft hands again.

scribbles 2010-03-17 19:39:40 -0500 Report

I don't remember the name (been a while) but there is a hand lotion that helps the fingers not be sore if you are a file clerk (staples, manila folders, binder clips, page protectors, etc.). Back when I was filing 10k papers a week (somebody else counted) my boss had some lotion on his desk and it worked! Maybe you can find some.
Another tip is to have the fingers take turns and use the SIDE of the finger, very near the nail. Since I test 4 times a day, I run out of fingers really soon!

runthe 2010-03-17 19:17:22 -0500 Report

I just wash my hands first before testing my BG. I don't have a problem getting blood because i am on an aspirin regiment every day. My problem is that I can bleed for about 2 minutes after I test. My finger hurts me all day long. If I stick my hands in dish water wow talk about burning fingers. I also wants to find out why it hurts so bad.

scribbles 2010-03-17 20:39:29 -0500 Report

Try sticking the SIDE of the finger, and maybe using rubber gloves for the dishes.
It hurts so bad because: (pick one) your lancing device is set too deep/ you are using the tip of your finger and not the side/ you are not alternating fingers/ you aren't used to it yet.

packrat2 2010-03-17 18:41:06 -0500 Report

I seem to prick my right fingers more than the left…just a habit, got to start using the left hand…you got to squeeze the fingers some to get blood??.
and yes I use the lancets for a week or more…regards packrat2

GeeGee44 2010-03-17 19:36:06 -0500 Report

i also used to use the lancets for a week and was having to squeeze my fingers to get the blood out. The reason i was using them for a week was to save money. Since I finally have forced myself to use a new lancet each time I test, i don't have that much of a problem now so I don't have to squeeze my fingers. The lancets get duller than you think.

mamaoak 2009-04-27 18:53:26 -0500 Report

do you have a the priking devise that you can prick on the plam of your hand you do it on the back side of your hand in the soft part below the thub and below the baby finger soft part accros from the thumb the lover part of the back of the hand also if you use alchol to wipe fingers it drys them out my dr. said wash your hands every time you test that should be good enough because the alcohal dries your finger out.

Pauline B
Pauline B 2009-04-27 19:26:00 -0500 Report

The blood coming from your finger tips offers the most accurate reading. This is important if you are hypoglycemic and need to know how low you are.

Blood can be drawn from arms and thigh (my Accu-Chek 360 had a device to use for drawing blood from alternate sites)but the last 2 fingers on both hands still work for me. And I use the same lancet for days, and seldom wash my hands except if I am in a public place…

SkipT 2009-04-27 17:16:40 -0500 Report

One of the first things I learned was that you don't poke the tip of your finger. Hurts like the dickens! Use the sides of the tips of your fingers. This give you two spots per finger and hurts a lot less.

msann 2008-10-19 16:32:52 -0500 Report

hey, sisson just an idea do you drink plenty of water, may be some dehydration going on, also warm your fingers, have good day

taz2020 2008-10-15 21:36:25 -0500 Report

I was never advised to use alcohol before poking my fingers because it does dry out the skin making it more difficult to penetrate because the skin becomes a little harder (from the alcohol drying out the skin). I just wash my hands in warm water first which makes the skin softer and more pliable and causes your blood to flow more easily. I don't generally have painful draws when I do this. I keep some of those hand warmer pads, usually found in Walmart, etc… in the hunting department that are activated when you open them. I don't recall the name of them but I keep them in the car for emergencies to warm my feet and hands. I'm mentioning this because sometimes I have difficulty getting enough blood to surface without really sqeezing, which I know we shouldn't do. When my hands are cold and I'm not at home I use the hand warmers (rewrap them so they last a little longer), I put them on the site I'm going to poke for a minute and it is much more comfortable and brings the blood to the surface quickly. These two things help me. If you have calluses on your fingers which are harder to acess these suggestions may help. Some of you may want to give these ideas a try and see if it helps. Good luck…

helen7898 2011-05-20 18:31:34 -0500 Report

thanks for the suggestions, I do labor work and my fingers have calluses on them, all but two on each hand I have a hard rime getting blood out of them. Hope this is will work for me.

kdroberts 2008-10-15 02:26:10 -0500 Report

I just posted this to another thread, it may help.

"Make sure you never prick the pad of the finger or the very top. If you look at
the finger straight on (your palms facing you), divide it into thirds
vertically. Avoid the middle third at all costs but the outer thirds are good
spots. Then look at the finger side on and divide the top section (where it
bends) it into quarters horizontally. Avoid the top and bottom quarters and use
the middle. It's kind of hard to explain without pictures but easy when you
look at your finger. Don't push the device into the finger, let it sit there
lightly and then press the button. Warm hands will also help and don't use
alcohol pads as they will dry out the skin and make it more painful."

caspersmama 2008-10-15 02:33:29 -0500 Report

I also posted on the other one but why no alcohol pads. I use them every time and let it dry before I prick.

kdroberts 2008-10-15 02:46:51 -0500 Report

"They dry your fingers out and they will actually make it hurt more. I don't use
anything, most of the time I don't even wash my hands. As long as your hands
are clean there is no need to do anything special. I did use to use them but I
stopped a while back. I still carry them with my meter in case I need to test
when my hands are dirty and I can't wash them. You have to figure things out
for yourself and what works for you. For me, not using them works out far
better than using them. People have cautioned me about infections but in
reality, I don't think there is any more chance of infection than if you touch
your mouth or run your eyes. So far I haven't had any problems and I also
re-use the same lancette for 20 or so tests."

2011-05-20 22:21:09 -0500 Report

kdroberts~~ Thanks. I thought I was the only one who used the same lancets more than once!!

bicker68 2010-10-05 23:43:39 -0500 Report

I use the side of my finger hurts less, and use hand cream to help soften my skin I find Avon's Intensive Dry Skin is the best. As far as re-useing Lancets, that's not for me and very unsanitary I would be afraid of getting an infection. Don't know how people can do that, that's the same thing as using a dirty needle isn't it?

caspersmama 2008-10-15 03:05:16 -0500 Report

I would not do that. I think the risk of infection would be so strong. I would never re-use a lancet or a needle either. And I will keep using my alcohol too. Just my opinion.

Lanore 2008-10-15 05:11:01 -0500 Report

I have done it kd way for years and have never had a problem. Not sure how many times i reuse a lancet but it has worked for me. Lanore ;-)

2011-05-20 22:28:54 -0500 Report

I've been in the habit for so long (reusing the same lancets) that I've got a zip top (sandwich size) filled w/them. I'll never have to reorder more!!

caspersmama 2008-10-15 05:57:42 -0500 Report

Well to each his own, but that just is not for me. I am extremely clean and worry about infections so I will do it my way and you all can do it yours. OK

Anonymous 2008-10-16 14:13:06 -0500 Report

Just want to chime in here. I was told by my Dr NOT to use alcohol for testing. She said that washing your hands with warm soap and water is all that's necessary. Was also told that by Abbott Labs when having meter issues.
The alcohol swabs are used for diabetics that take injections, not necessary for testing.
She also told me it was perfectly safe and okay to re-use my lancing needle. I use mine several days before I change it.
I have followed her advice and have never had a problem.
So either way is okay.

2009-04-27 20:09:06 -0500 Report

I'm like you kd, I reuse the lancet, cause I'm the only one using it. I'm a pumper, so I tend to test alot. I get callouses on the sides of my fingers cause I only test the left hand. I tend to bleed if I wipe with alcohol after I stick. I keep a paper towel folded on my carrying case, and when I'm done testing, I wipe the excess on the paper towel. I've tried using my forearm, but I don't have enough flesh or meat on my arm to do it there, so I'm stuck with my fingers. Oh well…

alwaystryin 2009-04-27 12:41:11 -0500 Report

Good Day all! I used the 'Search' feature on this topic and here it is, at least one of the great Discussions already in place. Anyway…we have tried using the other than finger locations, when the Meter claims it can, and my Wife says it was a little less painful, a little awkward, and the results were well within the published limits compared to what her finger stick was at the same time.

I've been peeking into this topic lately, and the only thing that has prevented us to doing this always, is my Wife just doesn't feel 'comfortable' using other than her fingers!

Now I will not try to analyze this, I haven't had any luck trying it for 28 years. That is just how she is!

As far as the Wipes go, I have been told not to use them before finger testing. There are many reasons, some mentioned here. Warm water and mild soap works well for us. Much more consistent readings over time also.

PAT L 2008-10-14 16:06:10 -0500 Report


Bluebutterfly 2008-10-14 09:14:04 -0500 Report

I tend to use the same finger. I don't think about sticking my self anymore.I just do it. They do make meters that you can use several parts of the body other than the fingers.When my fingers look the worst I sok them in dishwashing liquid then put oil of olay on my hands and rub it in the finger tips.Hope that helps.

FiveKids 2008-10-14 15:06:33 -0500 Report

After hearing about the multiclix, I am going to get one. I test 6-7 times a day and use a different finger each time on the side and then go to the opposite side. I empathize with those that have had to do this for decades. It is odd how sometimes it really stings, and other times I can hardly feel it.

caspersmama 2008-10-14 15:16:16 -0500 Report

I think your stinging maybe from the alcohol. Do you use alcohol swabs before you test. Well if you let it dry first before you stick it may not sting as much.

Lanore 2008-10-14 05:37:54 -0500 Report

Hi Sisson,
Try using the side of your finger instead of the tips, it hurt less there. But no matter where you prick your finger it will still hurt. Try using the other hand as well to give the other one a little break. Lanore ;-)

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-10-14 05:18:16 -0500 Report

My son hates pricking is fingers, so he pricks his forearm, and it is less painful.

kdroberts 2008-10-14 05:21:50 -0500 Report

This is good for some things, as long as your meter can handle alternative testing sites. It is not appropriate for all tests though as the results you get are not accurate at that moment in time, they are considerably behind. Using alternative site for testing for fasting works well, testing your after meal spike will need to be a adjusted to make it work and testing for hypoglycemia is a big no, no.

kdroberts 2008-10-14 04:13:45 -0500 Report

Not really, ever since I started using the multiclix I've not really been bothered by it. If I had to do it 10+ times a day that might be different but 4 is not a problem. Alternate fingers and sites on the fingers and it's fine. You should be able to get 40 or so different sites to test from so that gives your fingers enough time to recover. You do need to become proficient with using your off hand to use the lancing device though.

Anonymous 2008-10-14 03:12:46 -0500 Report

I tend to use the same hand everytime but different fingers. And it seems that the tips are getting harder to test. I test 2 times a day and I seem to have to push harder on the device to get it to go through far enough for blood. Does anyone have that problem?

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