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

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

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 blood from infants. The best method for pediatric blood drawing ultimately depends on the child's age. Heel stick technique is used on infants less than 3 months of age. For infants greater than 3 months of age the preferred technique is finger stick. ...Read more

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Fasting blood sugar test =100 ( in the lab not finger stick) and the hp1ac = 5.3 , and by the fingerstick =92 , is this normal or should I be worried?

Fasting blood sugar test =100 ( in the lab not finger stick) and the hp1ac = 5.3 , and by the fingerstick =92 , is this normal or should I be worried?

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 thing to be mindful of what you eat and how much exercise you are getting...If i had the labs above, i wouldn't worry too much. ...Read more

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I cant take the pain of getting my finger stick, is there another way they can get blood?

I cant take the pain of getting my finger stick, is there another way they can get blood?

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 hemoglobin or blood sugar . ...Read more

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My husband age 42 has high blood pressure 180/115. His fingers, toes and heel are burning and tingling with pain? Is this related to high blood pressure or something else? What can it be? He does have a lot of stress and also has anxiety often.

My husband age 42 has high blood pressure 180/115. His fingers, toes and heel are burning and tingling with pain? Is this related to high blood pressure or something else? What can it be? He does have a lot of stress and also has anxiety often.

Get help soon: He needs to see a medical doctor soon for the very high blood pressure and get it under control. Burning and tingling in the hands and feet might be related. He would need to be evaluated. Diabetes, thyroid disorder, alcohol are some other reasons to see a medical doctor asap. ...Read more

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Allergy between my foot fingers what I should use to feel better cuz sometimes they are blooded and as if i need to scratch them.

Allergy between my foot fingers what I should use to feel better cuz sometimes they are blooded and as if i need to scratch them.

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 between the toes. ...Read more

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If I use my sharp finger nail and press it on a blood vessel at my foot very hard , will it snap and will it repair itself?

If I use my sharp finger nail and press it on a blood vessel at my foot very hard , will it snap and will it repair itself?

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 end up with quite a black and blue swollen foot so why do it? ...Read more

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When I press on my leg with finger the blood returns slowly, does it mean that I have edema?also my hands/(I have moderate pulmonary HTN, related?)

When I press on my leg with finger the blood returns slowly, does it mean that I have edema?also my hands/(I have moderate pulmonary HTN, related?)

No: the "sign" of edema is when a DEPRESSION occurs after pressing on the tissue and REMAINS after the pressure is relieved. (see illustration) Mild pulmonary hypertension would not produce such swelling... Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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25-f, frequent blood vessel ruptures turning on a water faucet, swatting a fly on leg, just bent finger sudden burning pain purple under skin, causes?

25-f, frequent blood vessel ruptures turning on a water faucet, swatting a fly on leg, just bent finger sudden burning pain purple under skin, causes?

Many possibilities: The symptoms you describe suggest a significant problem with your blood's clotting mechanisms. You should get in to see your doctor immediately for and exam and some tests. ...Read more

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Tingling left cheek, fingers and foot. Normal brain MRI & blood work. History of concussion & whip lash in past year. What should I do next?

Tingling left cheek, fingers and foot.  Normal brain MRI & blood work.  History of concussion & whip lash in past year.  What should I do next?

Your symptoms: Are too vague and not anatomically connected. Concussion and whiplash have very little if anything to do with your complaints. If otherwise healthy, examine your social, family, work, and financial well being. Correct what needs correcting before seeking a medical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pain all over body, numb in face & fingers, leg cramps at night, neg blood tests for vitamin deficiency, mono or thyroid, slightly elevated WBC?

Pain all over body, numb in face & fingers, leg cramps at night, neg blood tests for vitamin deficiency, mono or thyroid, slightly elevated WBC?

Pain all over body: Do not give up searching for the cause of your problems.. If your doctor can not find out what is wrong, perhaps get another opinion. You could be having some type of auto immune disease e.g. fibromyocitis or other causeing your pain. Also perhaps infection, as many infections can cause this type of problem. Do not give up. Recommend you see a doctor working in Integrative Medicine. ...Read more

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Are finger sticks or blood draws more accurate glucose readings?

Are finger sticks or blood draws more accurate glucose readings?

Same: With thecnology blood drawing is no better because blood takes time to getmto the lab, and red blood cells continue to consume blood sgar. Fbs has to be ordered aftder a 12 hr fasting with an hba1c. ...Read more

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Hba1c which is more accurate finger stick or vein sample?

Hba1c which is more accurate finger stick or vein sample?

Apples & oranges: A1c measures the amount of hemoglobin that is glycosylated which is roughly correlated to mean blood sugar over a 90 day period? A finger stick is a real time measure of actual blood glucose. They both have great value in managing diabetes. ...Read more

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