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Fri Jul 06 12:13:48 EDT 2012

I notice that my fingers have little dark spot due to pricking, is there any cream to diminish the scars? Thank you.

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Recently been diagnose, my sugar level is controlled due to dieting.
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Expert Answers (1)
2012-08-10 22:12:23.0

Hello,

Thanks for asking dLife.

Frequent fingersticks can cause scarring. Any non-perfumed moisturizing cream should help reduce dryness and promote healing.

Suggestions to minimize the scars:

  • Wash hands with warm water and mild soap. Alcohol can dry the skin.
  • Use a fresh lancet. Sharper the lancet, smaller the hole. Frequently used lancets are dull and can increase scarring as well as pain.
  • Take the lancet device down to the lowest setting you can use and still get enough blood out.
  • Change the sites on the finger. Test on the sides of the finger. Use alternate sites, such as the upper arm, forearm, base of the thumb, and thigh.

    Read about alternate site blood glucose testing!

    Take care.

  • Answered By: Liz Quintana
    Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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    Community Answers (1)
    2013-05-31 09:52:42.0

    Cutomel was recommended by my dermatologist and it works! Hard to find in stores in my area, but I found it on Amazon. Looks very expensive for the amount you get, but you only need to apply a tiny bit.
    Answered By: snasuti

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