How to Make Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Less Painful

If you are diabetic, it is very important to monitor blood glucose level regularly and maintain blood glucose level within normal limit as much as possible, by adjusting the dose of diabetes medication. Adjustment of diabetic medication can be done by SMBG (self-monitoring of blood glucose). SMBG has to be done frequently and sometimes several times a day. Which involve pricking of finger every time you check blood glucose using glucometer. For some people, pricking finger for blood glucose monitoring is painful, although they get used to it. But some complains of no pain at all. If you have to use SMBG and you feel pain every time you check your blood glucose level using glucometer, following tips may help you reduce pain while monitoring blood glucose at home on your own.

Do not use spirit to sterilize your finger:

Every time you use glucometer to check blood glucose level, you may be using spirit to sterilize (actually disinfect) your finger. Use of spirit (which is 70%-90% alcohol) may dry up your skin and cause more pain due to cracking of skin. What spirit does is actually clean the area of germs or other debris. Use warm water instead to clean your finger before pricking it.

Use different finger every time you use glucometer:

It is not wise to use same finger more than once a day for blood glucose testing. Make your own pattern to use different finger every time and also which is easier to remember. For example, use left fingers first from index finger to ring finger or vice-versa and then use right fingers. This will help prevent use of same finger on same day. Never use a sore finger for glucose testing, till it heals completely.

Avoid using fingertips:

Finger tips are more sensitive than other parts of the finger, because fingertips contain more nerve endings and hence, prick at fingertips can be more painful. Instead, use sides or other suitable parts of finger. Use no pressure of minimum pressure required to get enough blood for testing. Pressure while pricking may increase pain.

It is best to avoid squeezing finger:

It is not wise to squeeze finger. If there is not enough blood after pricking your finger, hang your hand at waist level for few seconds or squeeze very gently.

Ideally do not reuse lancets:

If you use a lancet multiple times, it will get dull and cause more pain. Use a new lancet every time while checking blood glucose. Using new lancet every time will eliminate the risk (although negligible) of infection due to pricking finger.

Find out what works best for you:

It is important to find out which glucometer is best for you. Some glucometers require much less blood and you should buy such glucometer which require minimum blood for checking blood glucose level.

It is also important to find out which finger and which spot of different fingers are least painful for you. The result will be different for different individuals. It is your duty to find out the best spot and best method to make self-monitoring of blood glucose a painless experience. There may be availability of bloodless glucometers, which will obviously be painless.

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