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What is the minimum acceptable age to collect blood from an infant by finger stick instead of a heel stick

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roberto Estrada
33 years experience Pediatrics
0 to 1 and 1 and up: Heel stick is preferred for new born and infants up to 1 year finger stick for children one year amd older. Consider also premature babies with ver ... Read More
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Dr. Osman Joasil
18 years experience Podiatry
Above 3 months ofage: Pediatric blood drawing is not a complex science. Venipuncture, finger stick and heel stick are the three most common techniques utilized to draw bloo ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
No: Not one that is practical.
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Likely high: You may want to contact your doctor to get examined and to confirm whether you indeed have diabetes by testing on your HgbA1c level as well. Since un ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
OK: A1c is good and normal. Fasting sugar is mildly high at 100. Taking everything together, i think you are doing fine. It's never too late or a bad t ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aurea Tomeski
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: I emphasize with you. I hate to prick myself too because of pain. Blood can be taken from vein in the arm unless they only want to test your hemoglob ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes, conclusive: Insti is a "third generation" test for antibodies to HIV types 1 and 2. All such tests are usually conclusive by 6 weeks and always by about 8 weeks. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
49 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes they could: Do it depends on where you get the test done at. They can do a finger prick, but usually they draw blood. Personally, i think finger pricks hurt more ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 years experience Family Medicine
Probably not: Although, elevated blood pressure can cause an array of symptoms in a person, burning/tingling/pain in the toes/fingers is less likely to be caused by ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Athlete foot: Sounds like you have a fungal infection between your toes. You need to keep them dry, try wearing open shoes if you can and use an antifungal cream be ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
35 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Maybe: If you do that to the veins you see on the top of your foot and apply enough sharp pressure you may indeed sheer it open. It will heal but you would e ... Read More

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