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How to Reduce Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Injection Pain

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Jan 9th

How to Reduce Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Injection Pain

Nobody likes to be pricked by an injection. Size of the needle, no matter how big or small it is, sends a shiver down our spine. Unfortunately for women undergoing infertility treatment injections becomes a part of the process as they sometimes are required on daily basics. Same goes for diabetics who are on insulin. But the good news is that with some prior practice and right knowledge injections can be very doable and worth it.

Here are five tips that can reduce the pain associated with injections:-

1. Preparing for pain-free injection:-

You can numb the injected part of your body by applying ice or ice pack for several minutes prior to the injection, and make sure that you clean the area with an alcohol pad afterwards. You can also use some numbing creams. One such numbing cream is Dr.Numb®- Dr.Numb® in the anesthetic industry has become a globally recognized brand and is the most recommended topical anesthetic cream by healthcare professionals and aestheticians. It is 100% effective top-grade pharmaceutical product manufactured in Canada, which can be safely used on both children and adults. 

Dr.Numb® is so effective because of Lidocaine a powerful topical anesthetic that blocks your nerve endings, making it impossible for them to pass pain signals to your brain. However you should consult your doctor before using any such numbing creams.

2. Intramuscular Injections? Get into position:-

You have to position yourself in a posture that calms your muscle because relaxed muscle will hurt less than tense one. An Intramuscular injection can be little trickier than other injections, because it is given into the muscle below the fatty layer. You can get an Intramuscular injection in four sites of your body namely – buttocks, thigh, hip, or upper arm. Choosing the proper site is very important for absorption of medicine and to avoid any injuries during the process.

3. Subcutaneous Injection? Choose the Best Site:-

Subcutaneous injection are injected into the fatty tissues that lie between your skin and muscle underneath. Choosing a site that has a little extra fat is always better, but the most preferred site is about an inch away from the belly button. You should always keep rotating the area where you have given the shot, as repeated injection in the same area can cause irritation of the tissues and may also lead to pain.

4. How to give a Subcutaneous Injection:-

The procedure is the same whether you are using a pen or a syringe.

  • You should be equipped with all your supplies like an alcohol pad, a bandage, gauze or tissue and the medicine.
  • Wash your hands properly, select your site and clean it up thoroughly using alcohol pad.
  • To pull the fatty tissue away from the muscle underneath take a large tweak of the skin.
  • Hold the needle at a 90-degree angle and quickly insert the needle, having done that slowly inject the medicine.

5. Expert Tips for Easier Injections:-

Make sure to keep on rotating the injected site to prevent injury and pain. In case if you are anxious about the pain, you can use numbing creams like Dr.Numb®. Don’t get panicked is you notice a drop of blood, this is normal. You have to inject the needle quickly to avoid going through more pain. In case of any doubt you should freely ask your doctor or pharmacist.