I'm having trouble drawing blood from my finger. What should I do?

Here are a few things you can do to improve blood flow:

  • Massage your palm
  • Shake your hand gently
  • Massage your arm from your elbow to your wrist

If you feel like you can’t get enough blood from your finger, you could start over using the extra lancet in your kit.

Before pricking your finger again, wash your hands for 10–15 seconds in the warmest water you can handle (warm water promotes blood flow). In addition to washing, you can try warming your hands by putting them around a mug of warm water. And right before you prick, hold your hand near your waist and shake it gently (this may also help blood flow).

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