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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?

0 to 1 and 1 and up: Heel stick is preferred for new born and infants up to 1 year
finger stick for children one year amd older.
Consider also premature babies with very low weight for heelsticck
as your choice. If any doubt heel stick is the safest. ...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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Can they test for anemia with a finger prick or heel stick?

Can they test for anemia with a finger prick or heel stick?

Yes they could: Do it depends on where you get the test done at. They can do a finger prick, but usually they draw blood. Personally, I think finger pricks hurt more than a blood draw. And also if you are anemic, they may want to do other tests like iron and B12 levels so its better to have your blood drawn.. ...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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What is the best way to keep a baby bleeding from a heel stick?

What is the best way to keep a baby bleeding from a heel stick?

Pressure: Hold a little pressure with a gauze pad immediately after the stick for 2 minutes. ...Read more

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Can Coumadin levels be accurately monitored by a finger stick instead of a blood draw? Following a roux-n-y gastric bypass I suffered a perforated ulcer, splenectomy, collapsed lung, disconnected bowel, numerous septic infections, 18 months of picc lines,

Can Coumadin levels be accurately monitored by a finger stick instead of a blood draw? Following a roux-n-y gastric bypass I suffered a perforated ulcer, splenectomy, collapsed lung, disconnected bowel, numerous septic infections, 18 months of picc lines,

Yes. A finger stick: It sounds like you have suffered some real problems. I know it seems hard to believe, but you will likely have a full recovery. There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a needle stick injury. The needle just scratched my finger but no blood no injury, but I still worrie?

What to do if I got a needle stick injury. The needle just scratched my finger but no blood no injury, but I still worrie?

Depends: This is a constant fear and worry amongst health care professionals. If you just grazed yourself and didn't break the skin, no blood and no penetration, you have nothing to worry about. Most of us wouldn't bother reporting this type of injury. If you actually stuck yourself and the needle inserted, whether there was visible blood or not, report to your employee health service or see your physician ...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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I have been bitten by baby dog (middle finger) and few drops of blood comes out. Immediately I washed with disinfectant. I am fine, any suggestion?

I have been bitten by baby dog (middle finger) and few drops of blood comes out. Immediately I washed with disinfectant. I am fine, any suggestion?

Very likely: Watch the development of redness and swelling over the bite site, which requires medical attention. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Said im 3 CM dilated but not yet efface, she stick her finger inside me and nxt day little drop of blood were in my undies, what could she do?

Dr. Said im 3 CM dilated but not yet efface, she stick her finger inside me and nxt day little drop of blood were in my undies, what could she do?

Blood: Call your doctor. It is probably not significant and can signify something as normal as the release of a mucus plug. However, any blood in late pregnancy should be evaluated immediately. ...Read more