I never had instructions on the proper way to check my blood sugar and i have noticed the longer i do this the more questions pop up. i notice when i pull one of the test strips from the little bottle ( that is sealed ever so tight) i have to touch the part that the blood go to. is there a problem with contamination when i touch this part?
Happy Sunday to you! I know what you're talking about on the strips. I'm not diabetic, but my cat is and I check his blood sugar every day. I don't know why they put the strips in the container like that. I put a latex glove on and turned them around to keep from touching the part the blood goes on. I don't know if touching the tip, expecially with purell on your hands, will skew the numbers, but before I turned them around, I was getting readings in the high 500 to low 600's on him. Now they run 250-300, which is OK for a cat, but not for you. Try switching the strips around and see if you get better numbers. You'd think the manufacturers would realize that, wouldn't you? Go figure!
Happy thoughts coming to you!
Purell does increase blood sugars. It has glycerin in it.
An easy test is to use purell on hands and test as usual. Then wipe finger clean with alcohol pad, poke, wipe blood off, use test strip on next blood welling up, and compare numbers. They may well be different.
I use soap and water. Kills more germs than purell. I don't touch the test part of the strip. I slide the strip out with a finger and container is sideways.
John, you test before you eat, right?
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