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[IP] Exploding fingerstips!!
Your explanation sounds plausible; and, undoubtedly happens from time to
time; however, most exploding fingertips occur when someone pierces a small
artery near the surface of their finger.
If a finger is obviously inflamed, I doubt if many people would stick it for
a drop of blood.
The problem with interstitial fluid diluting contaminating blood from a
finger puncture is when, after the puncture, the finger is not bleeding
adequately and the person squeezes it hard to form a drop.
What squirts across the room is seldom diluted with interstitial fluid.
> Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 17:19:22 -0700
> From: Liz Davis <email @ redacted>
> Subject: Re: [IP] exploding fingerstips!!
> This happens when your finger has become irritated (probably from testing
> so much). As a result of the irritation it develops a build up of
> interstitial fluid. What squirts across the room is blood that's been
> diluted by the fluid. When this happens to me I usually do the test from a
> different finger, in hopes of getting a more accurate number from
> At 03:27 PM 10/16/02 -0400, you wrote:
> >>What about exploding fingertips?
> Summer wrote
> >This happens to me quite often!! maybe once every week or two - the
> >time, I was on a Girl Guide trip on the bus with a fellow guider and I
> >tested and it squirted up over my shoulder all over my shirt, luckily
> >has an aunt with diabetes and was used to seeing people test. She just
> >laughed and asked if it was normal.
> > Anyone know the reason??
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