Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is painful and diabetic patients complain a lot about it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with diabetes can live long and healthy lives when their diabetic condition is managed well. And this management can be achieved with proper care and CGM.
Diabetic patients perform blood sugar levels tested regularly. They prick their fingers to collect the blood sample which is painful to perform the testing.
Here are a few tips that help you reduce and avoid the pain of finger prick during the testing process.
Avoid alcohol swabs for sanitation
Do not use alcohol swabs and sanitizers containing alcohol percentage for cleaning your hands. Alcohol is an astringent and makes the skin tight which makes the process of blood collection difficult.
Warm-up your hands before testing
Testing for blood sugar levels when your hands are warm makes you feel painless to some extent. One experiences more pain with cold hands. Rub your hands together for a few minutes to heat your fingers. Then, perform the test.
Using a new lancet
It is essential that the user utilizes a fresh lancet every time. Used lancets become dull and it becomes difficult to collect a blood sample. The lancing needle consists of a special coating that reduces the pain and is effective for one prick only. Used lancet causes infection and inflammation leading to pain. Fresh lancet minimizes the pain caused.
Prefer testing on side of the finger
People generally prick on the front part of the finger. Instead, make a habit of pricking on the sides of the finger. The sides of the finger have fewer nerves compared to the front side. This helps is less pain sensation when you touch other objects or when you’re at work. Even they give results as accurate as ones performed on the front side of the finger.
Keep rotating the testing side
Do not prick the same finger again and again. Keep rotating the site of administration i.e. change the finger and spot of pricking each time. Avoid pricking index and thumb fingers as they are used most often. Inflammation and infections occur when the same spot is used for testing again and again.