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Finger Stick Preparation
The last time the phlebotomist did a finger stick it was very painful is there a a way to avoid the pain?
Not really!: The skin of the fingers have a lot of nerve endings and as a result are very sensitive. If the finger sticks are done rarely, then you may ask your doctor for a topical anesthetic to numb the finger. However, this is not practical for frequent finger stickers like diabetics, as the anesthetic drug has side effects. Warming fingers up prior to the stick helps the blood flow and this may help. ...Read more
Hi i'm a diabetic, just did my finger stick and is 279. How can I lower it at home with out having to go to the er...
No ER: Don't go to the er. If you have no plan in place for this with your physician then please contact them. This is not a life threatening emergency. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a finger stick hemoglobin test comes back normal is it possible the test could be wrong and my child is actually low/anemic?
Possible: Any test has a margin of error, ant the margin of error is a little higher for a finger stick test. If you have reason to doubt the results, ask for a repeat with a blood draw. ...Read more
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