Using benzocaine as a local anesthetic -> bloodsugar testing

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Using benzocaine as a local anesthetic -> bloodsugar testing

Postby tantric on January 28th, 2016, 10:41 am 

I have NO idea where i should actually ask this. I'm diabetic, and I HATE pricking my finger. It never stops hurting - it's a bitch (whereas insulin shots are painless). Recently it occurred to me to put a bit of 20% benzocaine on my finger tip before pricking, letting it sit while I put the strip in the tester. It actually helps a lot. Now, I'm pretty medically literate, and I can't think of any reason why this would be bad, assuming I wipe it off with an alcohol pad. Questions - is this a valid assumption? Any problem with using a higher strength 'caine? Why hasn't this been thought of before?
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Re: Using benzocaine as a local anesthetic -> bloodsugar tes

Postby Braininvat on January 28th, 2016, 11:38 am 

http://www.imedicalapps.com/2015/07/glu ... lucometer/

my guess is these will reach the market by 2017....several companies are testing prototypes.
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Re: Using benzocaine as a local anesthetic -> bloodsugar tes

Postby vivian maxine on January 28th, 2016, 2:55 pm 

Put your finger in your mouth after the prick. No, I am not being silly. It works. I don't know why but it does work.
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