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Dr. James Chapman Dr. Chapman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
37 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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If a finger stick hemoglobin test comes back normal is it possible the test could be wrong and my child is actually low/anemic?

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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Hemoglobin finger prick test what is normal?

Hemoglobin finger prick test what is normal?

See below:: Male: 13.8 to 17.2 gm/dl female: 12.1 to 15.1 gm/dl see this site for more info. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003645.htm.

Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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!?

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.

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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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MA didn't swab finger with alcohol before pricking it for rapid hemoglobin strip test. Should I be concerned about bacteria entering blood stream?

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.

Dr. Ayisha Gani Dr. Gani
Internal Medicine
years in practice
Madurai University, Tirunelveli Medical College
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Hi, I had finger cramp+tingling+nausea&dizziness in both hands after doing exercise. My blood test shows low hemoglobin & hematocrit and high esr.

Hi, I had finger cramp+tingling+nausea&dizziness in both hands after doing exercise. My blood test shows low hemoglobin & hematocrit and high esr.

Anemia: You need to find out why you are anemic. ESR is a nonspecific test, it may be increased with any infection or inflammation but not going to tell what and where the infection or inflammation. Have a thorough exam and labs if necessary.

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Dr. Alex Meyers Dr. Meyers
Surgery - Hand Surgery
21 years in practice
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What info could you get from a finger stick/poke besides glucose level?

What info could you get from a finger stick/poke besides glucose level?

Finger stick: Anticoagulation levels, and electrolytes can be obtained by fingerstick tests. They're not as accurate as serum formal lab tests however.

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Dr. Aurea Tomeski Dr. Tomeski
Internal Medicine
56 years in practice
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
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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.

Dr. Raymond Wittstadt Dr. Wittstadt
Surgery - Hand Surgery
32 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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The last time the phlebotomist did a finger stick it was very painful is there a a way to avoid the pain?

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.

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss Dr. Lewy-Weiss
Pediatrics - Endocrinology
24 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Can you develop a local infection from a glucose finger stick?

Can you develop a local infection from a glucose finger stick?

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.

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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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...

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.

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Quang Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
years in practice
Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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?

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.

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Dr. Osman Joasil Dr. Joasil
Podiatry
14 years in practice
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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.

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Dr. Natalie Hodge Dr. Hodge
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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A1C 5.3- Estimated Mean Plasma Glucose was 90. Finger stick was 84. What does this all mean? Am I prediabetic? Health anxieties....

Not Prediabetic!: Your fingerstick and mean glucose are both normal. Thanks for taking an interest in your health and keep up the good work! 5.7 to 6.4 is pre-diabetic range for a1c according to American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Louis Cooper Dr. Cooper
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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?

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.

Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc Dr. Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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What the heck is hemoglobin h disease really?

What the heck is hemoglobin h disease really?

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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What are the tests for hemoglobin h disease?

What are the tests for hemoglobin h disease?

See below: Please consult the followingt website: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/955496-overview.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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What are the symptoms of hemoglobin h disease?

What are the symptoms of hemoglobin h disease?

See below: Please consult the followingt website: http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/955496-overview.