Scars on fingers from glucose sticks

By Kaiyle Latest Reply 2010-08-08 22:12:35 -0500
Started 2010-08-07 08:31:58 -0500

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the community, but I look forward to becoming an active member of it.

My questions is, what can you use to lessen or get rid of the scars you get on your fingers from repeated glucose monitoring sticks?

Thank you,


15 replies

beadmaker 2010-08-08 18:55:43 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the great ideas! I too have been noticing the same thing with repeated sticks. Will try all your ideas.:)

GabbyPA 2010-08-08 18:47:19 -0500 Report

Another thing that can help with at least future issues is to keep a fresh lancet. Sometimes we reuse them (confessions here) and the needle gets dull and that creates more pain and a bigger hole. So keep those lancets sharp and it should relieve some of the pain and scarring.

Diane987 2010-08-07 11:09:05 -0500 Report

Hi Kaiyle and welcome to our community. If you use the sides of your fingers you have twice as many areas to stick. You can even do a high low stick on each finger tip so that gives you forty different spots to check your blood sugar. I would also check the setting on your lancet device. Take it down to the lowest setting you can use and still get enough blood out. If you wash your hands with warm water before you test you can probably take the lancet device even lower.

Kaiyle 2010-08-07 11:57:53 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for that Diane. I tried that and it worked wonderfully. I am most appreciative of your help.

Diane987 2010-08-07 12:29:00 -0500 Report

Your welcome, I am happy to help. I guess there is some benefit to being a diabetic for 25 years!

Kaiyle 2010-08-08 01:24:31 -0500 Report

Wow!!! Twenty-five years and you look wonderful, healthy. We really can turn this negative into a positive by the grace of God!!!!

RAYT721 2010-08-07 11:03:37 -0500 Report

Take it from me, Sir Lance A Lot, that the thinner the needle the smaller the hole. I use a thin 26 gauge lancet and I haven't noticed the marks. Like the others I use different fingers and different spots when I test so I haven't noticed scars. Take a look at the gauge on your lancets and see if there are thinner options for you.

Harlen 2010-08-07 10:33:12 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
First I try to mix it up and dont test on the same finger but one time in 10 on my fingers as well as testing at other sites.For depth I do the least I can to the point of each finger needs a dif depth lol
hope this helps
best wishes

monkeymama 2010-08-07 09:18:05 -0500 Report

Hello there Kaiyle and welcome to our community here. We will find many wonderfully people and friends that are very supportive and helpful. I sue to have the problem with finger poke spots until I figured out what my issue was. I changed the number on my lancing device to the lowest setting possible. I am finding little to no wholes in my fingers.

Kaiyle 2010-08-07 09:25:17 -0500 Report

Thank you so very much for the information. I appreciate you and your time to give me a solution.

Kirla 2010-08-07 09:12:03 -0500 Report

I have 8 fingers. I try and rotate between them. I find if I use the same finger I will get little black marks on that finger. I found that if use a different finger each time I don’t get the marks. I also try and use a different side on each finger or a different spot. I test 6+ times a day and hardly ever get any marks. If I do notice them starting to appear I have to force myself to change the finger. Some fingers are great for getting blood and sometimes I find myself using the same one over and over again. If this happens I will see the marks start to appear and will start changing fingers again.

Kaiyle 2010-08-07 09:29:46 -0500 Report

Thank you most kindly for your help. I am most appreciative of you and your time to give me a solution.

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