Easing the ouch factor: Finger pricking

By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-07-12 00:44:23 -0500
Started 2011-07-10 23:51:33 -0500

Does pricking your finger make you flinch? Many lancets and lancet devices are designed to make blood glucose testing as painless as possible.

7 replies

2011-07-12 00:40:53 -0500 Report

For as many times as I've been testing myself, (over 120,000 times) in the past 16yrs. it's not painful for me anymore. I know this will sound unsanitary, but I only change my lancet when it gets dull. I know when it gets dull, is when it starts to hurts when I test. I have never needed to buy more lancets in the 16yrs. that I've been a diabetic. In fact, I have a sandwich size zip top bag that is close to bursting.(Why should I change lancets? I'm only testing on myself.) Every time my doc gives me a new meter I get another box of lancets. So I could probably sell some to a fellow diabetic. :-> But do I flinch,or pull my hand back after I prick myself? At the beginning, yes. But now? Only when I need to replace the lancet.

jayabee52 2011-07-11 18:34:54 -0500 Report

They also have alcohol swabs impregnated with benzocaine, a topical numbing agent, to help with the ouch factor when poking fingers. I haven't used them, but as of 6 months ago they were available.

shoulders 2011-07-11 12:48:02 -0500 Report

I find that if I wash my hands real good and then poke my finger I don't get the stinging affect and I don't seem to get a pink mark after I take my blood. Seems to help. "Shoulders"

Marytea 2011-07-11 09:26:00 -0500 Report

I use the Onetouch ultra mini and 33gauge lancets. It is almost ouchless depending upon the setting I use though. I was told the higher the gauge of the needle the better. My problem is it is getting more difficult to obtain the samples

2011-07-12 00:44:23 -0500 Report

Yeah I use both the ultra touch mini and the regular size model. But I had no clue to what size gauge lancet it uses. Thx 4 the info Marytea! ;)

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