I'm 14 with Type 1 diabetes. Whenever I give an injection, I get a bruise so I was wondering how I can prevent this from happening. My legs, arms and stomach are pretty sore. I rotate sites evenly so I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
Some people find they get bruises at certain injection sites no matter what they do. This is usually an annoying cosmetic problem, but not a problem medically.
A few suggestions to try:
- Don't inject the insulin cold. Let it warm up for 15-20 minutes at room temperature before drawing up the insulin if you keep your insulin in the refrigerator.
- Try the new short, 30 gauge B-D syringes if you take 50 units or less insulin in one injection.
- Make sure to let go of the "pinch" before pressing the plunger.
- Hold the skin down with your finger or the alcohol wipe as you remove the syringe after injecting.
- If you haven't tried all possible injection sites, try a new site.
- Give injections in buttocks where a bruise will not be visible.
Original posting 29 Mar 97
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
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