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    Hand Care Tips
    Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Fingers get toughened from blood glucose testing. I know a number of you have tips on caring for your hands and testing strategies to reduce pain, keep the blood flowing and allow you to test properly.

    Then there is just hand care because you know to be careful of any wounds, snags or infections because of your diabetes.

    Please share those tips with us!
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    laura2gemini2 responded:
    I test on my palm instead of fingers. I use the bottom corner away from the fingers opposite from my thumb where it's nice and meaty, and I use the tip that is supposed to be for arm testing. If you apply a bit more pressure before and after you stick, the blood flows out at a pretty good pace. It really doesnt work with the normal tip because it causes the blood to smear.

    I also use hand lotion with parafin in it every night, and that tends to keep the skin very soft and supple.
    teddybear200 responded:
    I can not use my finger tips for sugar readings - I have to leave my finger tips for my INR blood draws.

    So for testing my sugars my Dr recommended using my palms. there is no pain - for me I use the regular lancet device and gently press down over the poke with the cap of a chap stick cover, that brings up just enough blood for the test strip.

    I have been doing this way for 2 years and my numbers are the same as at the Drs office.
    One day I will soar on wings of an Eagle - Deb
    nwsmom replied to teddybear200's response:
    Teddybear, I'm interested in your mention of INR draws. I worked on a system for PT/INR patient use for several years, it has been on the market in Europe for 15-20 yrs, but I don't know if the FDA ever approved it...or if our wonderful insurance companies refused to cover it. Do you have your own meter, etc, or are they done at the doctor's office or a lab?

    Just curious, I was immersed in the coagulation cascade for quite a while just before I retired.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    My mother uses a lotion called Fingers found in the diabetes section of Walgreens. (It seems to be a house brand)

    She says it helps a lot. I have wondered if those heel callous remover sticks would work but don't know anyone who has tried it and I haven't had a chance to check with her doctor.

    David--Don't you have a method where you use an emery board?
    krhudson replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Hi Louise, I use an emory board that is in the shape of a foot. I get it at Sally Beauty Supply. I have had the same one for over a year to use on heels and sometimes on the inside of my thumb if it gets a little calloused.

    I then use Curiel Cream, not the hand cream, the other one that stands up with a pump. It is a light blue bottle and says on the front Ultra dry healing ( says it on a little red strip below the word Curiel). I for some reason think it absorbs thicker than the hand cream and both are non greasy formula.


    For the Heels after using the board, I put on Sally Hanson "Just Feet".
    krhudson replied to krhudson's response:
    Louise, remember after every use on the board for the hands or heels to use a brush and some Lysol Bathroom cleaner or another type possibly with bleach and brush good and rinse. At Sally they have little nail brushes. I use 1 of those to clean the board and rinse it good and stand it up to dry. I have a plastic holder for showers that sit on a bench it has holes in it. I have all soaps and shampoos in it. I just toss the board in there until next time, about once a week. Just be sure to only work that board until the heel is rather smooth. The board has to sides, one rough and the other for smoothing afterwords.
    Use dry heels.

    amanda2581 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Louise my hubby uses the foot sander thing on my heels and than some CVS heel balm it works wonders!
    KarynF responded:
    I use an ice cube to numb my finger and then prick the side close to the front. I also shake my hand downward several times before I test.

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