Make it more comfortable

We understand, it is not easy to have to inject: no one enjoys injecting every day. However there are a few basic things you could change to make the injection procedure more comfortable:

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Make sure your skin is clean and dry.  You do not have to use alcohol on your skin unless you have been in a hospital or unable to have your skin cleaned and dried with ordinary soap and water. Wait for the alcohol from the swab to dry completely before you inject 

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Inject insulin that is at room temperature – it is more comfortable than when it is cold. Try and remember to take your insulin out of the fridge well before you need it

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Make your injection site “numb”. Using a frozen spoon or ice cube (wrapped up in some cloth), numbing cream from the pharmacy, or even simply applying pressure with your thumb to the injection site for a few seconds just before injecting can make the injection hurt less

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Change your needle with each injection. Reusing your needle increases the risk for infection and new needles are sharper and cause less pain

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Try and relax the muscles in the injection area

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Rotate your injection site frequently to avoid damage to your tissues

Person holding NovoPen® 5
Type 1 patient (Denise) self-injecting

If you are worried about performing diabetes injections, it might help you to read our guide to successful injecting


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