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Hemoglobin Finger Stick
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.
What does it mean if you have watery blood. I had my finger poked for donating blood. I couldn't donate because my hemoglobin was to low again!?
Anemia...: Anemia (low hemoglobin) is caused by either the body losing blood (heavy periods? Or small amount of blood in stool), the bodies inability to produce new red blood cells (for example iron deficiency) or a combination of these. Common things being common, given your age it is most likely low iron (can take supplements or eat iron-rich foods). If this doesn't correct things, see doc for workup.See 1 more doctor answer
MA didn't swab finger with alcohol before pricking it for rapid hemoglobin strip test. Should I be concerned about bacteria entering blood stream?
Possible but rare: Thick finger stick causes capillary bleeding (superficial) and little to no chance of entering the bloodstream. You should notify the testing office of what happened.
Hi, I had finger cramp+tingling+nausea&dizziness in both hands after doing exercise. My blood test shows low hemoglobin & hematocrit and high esr.
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.
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.
Very unusual: It is highly unusual when the proper measures are taken to use a new lancet for every fingerstick and hands are properly washed and dried before checking.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Getting my finger pricked at dr office checking hemaglobin it is suppose to be 12. Mine is 11.6 is that low? How can I fix this?
More info needed: If you are having menses with expected blood loss, you might need to be on iron. At any rate 11.6 is nothing to be concerned about--make sure you do not have blood in stool or urine, and that your nutrition is well-rounded. You cannot define an anemia from just an hemoglobin. Also your history and prior blood counts are needed. Get your physician to check you over.
Blood glucose: By achieving better control of your blood glucose.
Specific Anemia Type: Alpha-thallesemia is commonly called h-disease and it is a genetic disorder of blood cell production in which only a portion of the proteins (globin chains) is affected. The severity is determined by which chain is affected--generally there are 4 chains, conveniently name 1, 2, 3, 4. It not possible to explain having <100 characters left here. Check with your doc for more info. Good luck.
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