7 Ways to Make Blood-Sugar Testing Less Painful
No more sore fingers
You need to prick your finger to obtain a drop of blood for home blood-glucose monitoring.
Does it hurt? Some people say yes, but they've gotten used to it. Others say they find it virtually painless.
Only you can decide. But here are 7 tried-and-true methods for making it less painful.
Find out what works for you
Janow's internist recommended she experiment to find a more comfortable spot. "I did and finally found that testing on the side of the pad, close to the nail, is the most comfortable," she says. "I often use my thumb. Maybe because that's more callused, it's more comfortable and doesn't hurt when I stick it."
Avoid pricking the finger’s tip
"We teach people to monitor on the sides of their fingers, not down by the knuckle but up by the nail bed on the fleshy part and not on the tips," she says. "Another thing to do is pinch or put pressure on where you're going to test to seal it and that seems to minimize pain."
Don’t use alcohol to sterilize your finger
Instead, wash your finger in warm water.
Vary the fingers you use
If your finger is sore, don’t use it for testing until it heals.
Don’t reuse equipment
Lancets can get dull if they are used multiple times, resulting in a more painful prick.
Try not to squeeze blood from the fingertip
If necessary, you can gently squeeze your finger beginning at the base (near the hand) and move outward. Try not to squeeze your fingertip!
Find the right blood-glucose monitor
Others allow you to use blood obtained from places other than the fingers, such as the arm.