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Can you develop a local infection from a glucose fingerstick test?

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Dr. Mark Shelly
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Like any wound

Like any wound, infection can happen whenever the skin is broken.
However, infections after a finger stick are rare (i've never seen one). On the other hand, sometimes they continue to hurt because fingers are sensitive.

In brief: Like any wound

Like any wound, infection can happen whenever the skin is broken.
However, infections after a finger stick are rare (i've never seen one). On the other hand, sometimes they continue to hurt because fingers are sensitive.
Dr. Mark Shelly
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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: It's possible

Any puncture or scrape of the skin will disrupt the skin barrier, and can therefore lead to an infection.
Of course it's unlikely with a little glucose prick test, but if the area isn't properly prepped with an alcohol wipe or antiseptic, or if the area is dirty to begin with, then it's possible.

In brief: It's possible

Any puncture or scrape of the skin will disrupt the skin barrier, and can therefore lead to an infection.
Of course it's unlikely with a little glucose prick test, but if the area isn't properly prepped with an alcohol wipe or antiseptic, or if the area is dirty to begin with, then it's possible.
Dr. Joshua Davidson
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