If you're like most patients, you probably have two main concerns when it comes to your insulin syringes. In the first place, you want to make sure they're safe. After all, even if they were completely painless to use, if they weren't safe, then they still wouldn't be preferable. Of course, that's not to say that comfort isn't also something to think about when it comes to your insulin syringes. On the contrary, it is most definitely a factor. As a result, you're going to want to make sure that the needles on your syringes stay sharp, and you're also going to want to make sure that they're the type of needles that you find most comfortable to use.
“Safety first” is more than just a memorable saying. It's excellent advice, and we often encounter reminders in medical news about how important it is. One of the questions people have when it comes to the safety of insulin syringes has to do with whether or not to reuse them. While reusing them can definitely save you money, there are some other considerations to make. First and foremost, you should always consult your health care professional when making this decision. It could be that there are factors that would make it unsafe for you to reuse syringes. If not, you should still make sure to keep it capped when you're not using it.
When it comes to comfort, there are really two big factors that come into play. First and foremost is whether or not your needle is adequately sharp. A dull needle is going to require some extra effort to pierce your skin, and therefore, it will be more painful to use. Another factor is what kind of needle you're using. If you're using what's known as a “pinch” style needle, you're going to have a different type of experience. Some people find that this style of needle works better for them, but it does require a little more caution, as it's a little easier to injure yourself with one of these than it is with some of the other styles.
Ease of use, safety, and comfort are all important considerations here. Safety, of course, is most important. Given that principle, and some guidance from your health care provider, you will still have some leeway in experimentation, which will help you find the one that's most comfortable for you.