Health Tip: Getting Blood Tests
Suggestions to quell your fears
(HealthDay News) -- For most people, blood draws are not a problem, just a minor inconvenience. For a smaller group, particularly those with physical conditions that make drawing blood more difficult, the procedure can be a nerve-wracking experience.
The American Association for Clinical Chemistry offers these tips to quell any anxiety when having blood drawn:
- Drinking eight to 10 glasses of liquid a day for a day or two before your test helps blood flow better and makes the veins likely to stick up and easier to find.
- Applying a moisturizer at least four times a day from the hand to the elbow can make the puncture less painful.
- Being warm increases your blood circulation, making it easier for the phlebotomist to find a vein. While you are waiting, you may want to leave your coat or sweater on and let your arm dangle down to increase blood pressure in the veins.
- Recalling, talking about, or listening to something pleasant can help take your mind off your anxiety.
- If you are nervous or have a tendency to feel woozy or faint, tell the phlebotomist before you begin. Your blood can be drawn while you are lying down.