Your fingertips may get sore from
frequent pricking for blood sugar testing. To help prevent sore
Always prick the side of your finger. Do not
prick the tip of your finger. This increases the pain, and you may not get
enough blood to do the test accurately. Also, do not prick your toes to get a
blood sample. This can increase your risk of getting an infection in your
Don't squeeze the tip of your finger. If you have trouble
getting a drop of blood large enough to cover the test area of the strip, hang
your hand down below your waist and count to 5. Then squeeze your finger,
beginning close to your hand and moving outward toward the tip of your
Use a different finger each time. Keep track of which
finger you stick so that you don't use some fingers more than others. If a
finger becomes sore, avoid using it to test your blood sugar for a few
Use a different device. If you are having trouble with sore
fingers, you may want to try a meter that obtains a blood sample from sites
other than the fingers, such as the palm of the hand or the forearm.
There is very little risk of complications from
testing your blood with a home blood sugar monitor.
You may get an infection in your finger if you
do not wash your hands before sticking your finger.
You may get
hardened areas on your fingertips from frequent blood sugar testing. Use lotion
to help soften these areas.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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