Does anyone else have a bunch of marks on their fingers from pricking it? I hate them, any suggestions on how to let them heal or go away? I tried testing on my arm for like a week to let the skin on my fingers heal some but testing on my arm just leaves bigger marks and bruises.
Tell me about it. I ran out of fingers. The lancet won't go through the scar tissue anymore. Guess I'll have to try alternate site testing till new skin appears in about 2 months.
one thing that seemed to help my son a little is scrubbing his fingers with an abrasive face wash like an apricot facial scrub, he also seems better in the summer with lots of swimming in the chlorine. best wishes
i have spots on all my fingers on my left hand ( i usually use my left hand to check cuz im right handed ) well one time we went to this place and they gave us a sample of this like cream. its really oily but it clears up the spots on ur fingers. I will try to look for the name of it and let you know when i find it
I'm really careful to rotate my fingers - each finger gets used on three days a month. Finger 1 - the 1st, 11th, 21st. Finger 2 - the 2nd, 12th, 22nd etc. And I try to use a different spot each time I test on that finger. And I use the minimum setting possible - you only need the amount of blood that would fit on the top of a pinhead.
try using pure tea tree oil on your fingertips, I've been testing for about 10 years now, and have no spots or calluses
What I like to do is make a scrub mixed with granulated sugar and olive oil and once a week give my fingers a little scrub and lay on the moisturizer. It helps soften things down for a little while at least.
The first time my daughter went swimming after being diagnosed she was shocked because she could easily see EVERY hole in every finger. It was very difficult as a parent to see that but she took it pretty well. You can also see the marks on her fingers when they are not "waterlogged". We do not change the lancet every time so it's good to know that that might help.
We tried a CGM for a while and that surely reduces the number of times you have to prick but she stopped wearing it for several reasons.
I certainly don't have any advice but thanks for posting this because I've wondered the same thing.
just try to rotate your sites. I know I have my favorites (where I can get a good sample 99% of the time), but I resist and rotate anyways. That helps. I can't do testing on my arms. I've tortured myself to get it to work and could never get enough blood. I guess I just have thick skin!
I prefer to use only one finger -- my left pinky. It's full of tiny black marks. But that's fine. If they start to heal, I know that I haven't been testing as much. So it's sort of a check-and-balance system for me. :) Besides, you can show those off to your spouse for sympathy points. ;)
I've started using One Touch Delica, the needle is very fine and doesn't hurt at all. Im hoping that helps with all the pin marks in my fingers.
well it can be considered cool. its like ur part of some underground organization, and instead of tattoos, u have these weird dots on ur finger tips to identify one another!