Testing blood glucose levels at home is important for good control, yet it can be a pain in the fingers. But there are ways to soften the stick:
- Choose the right lancet and lancet device. If you don't use one already, try a fine or ultra-fine gauge lancet. Also, the lancet device that comes with your meter may not be the right one for you. Experiment with devices to find the one you like best.
- Test-drive a few meters. There are many glucose meters on the market, and you need to find the one that best suits you.
- Get a good sample. Nothing is more frustrating than getting an inadequate blood sample and having to re-stick. Make sure your testing site is clean, warm, and dry before taking the sample.
- Try the alternatives. An alternative site meter that allows you to test on the forearm or other locations may be an option.
- Numb it. If pain is really an issue for you or your child, try numbing the area with ice first. You can also speak with your doctor about a topical anesthetic cream.
Reviewed by Jason C. Baker, MD. 01/12.
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