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why should a diabetic swab the site of insulin injections with rubbing alcohol first

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Wingo
33 years experience Endocrinology
Prevent infection: Bacteria live on the skin surface. Alcohol kills them so the needle doesn't pick up living bacteria & deliver them under the skin where they can caus ... Read More
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Dr. Ariel Zisman
28 years experience Endocrinology
For cleanliness: It is only to keep the site clean prior to injection.
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Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Prevent infection.: Skin surface has many different bacteria that typically don't cause infection unless it is introduced into the tissue by the needle of the Insulin inj ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
EtOH & hypoglycemia: Drinking alcohol heavily while not eating, can block your liver from releasing needed glucose into your bloodstream. This results in low blood sugar, ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marshall Solomon
48 years experience Podiatry
Alcohol added carbs: Alcohol can raise your blood sugar.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
73 years experience Preventive Medicine
Probably: You have a metabolic disease and you are slowly but surely killing yourself.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Raymond Schneider
46 years experience Family Medicine
Show: The alcohol really does not do much but in this county we expect it.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
38 years experience Family Medicine
Sterilize injxn site: Even with a new needle, injecting thru pants can potentially introduce germs into the injection site, especially if the pants are dirty. Rubbing alcoh ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
14 years experience Family Medicine
Not terribly unusual: It't not terribly unusual for any pregnant woman, gestational diabetes or not, to suddenly have urges to want to smell or taste things that are not ne ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: If you are Insulin dependent, you will need Insulin to control your blood sugar.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Uncontrolled despite: Currently we don't have the ability to cure diabetes short of a pancreas transplant. But, aggressive treatment/management plan such as wt loss (gastri ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Shewbridge
33 years experience Endocrinology
It depends.: If relatively healthy and you have a ready supply of fluids to drink, you can get along but will be progressively losing weight and be hounded by insa ... Read More

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