test strips

By 4mouseketeers Latest Reply 2014-07-09 19:04:38 -0500
Started 2014-07-09 14:57:20 -0500

I am wondering how is the best way to get the test strips out & into the meter. I always wash my hands really well first but can't help touching the ends of the strip. If my hands are clean & dry would it have any effect on test results? How else can it be done?

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-09 19:04:38 -0500 Report

I just take them out of the container with clean DRY hands and put them in the meter. Touching the tip should not have an effect as long as you don't have a fruit based lotion, soap residue or alcohol on your fingers. You can't expose them to constant heat or cold.

GabbyPA 2014-07-09 15:35:19 -0500 Report

That is how I do mine. I try not to get them wet, so I make sure my hands are dry. I don't know any other way than popping one out and putting it in with my fingers. There are some that are on a disk, and you don't touch the strips that way, but they cost a lot of money.

Sometimes I do use the paper towel that I dry my hands with to push the strip in. But other than that, I have not given it much thought.

4mouseketeers 2014-07-09 16:43:20 -0500 Report

Thanks, Gabby. I appreciate your response. My readings have been higher
than usual so I wondered if could have to do with the way I was touching the strips. It must be something else.

GabbyPA 2014-07-09 16:50:04 -0500 Report

Sometimes heat plays not so nice with glucose levels and it could be something like the strips are off or old. What is the expiration date on the vial?

GabbyPA 2014-07-09 17:05:01 -0500 Report

It's kind of a pain, but you can go to your doctor's office or the hospital and ask them to test your levels so you can compare with your results.