Overcoming Fear of Needles
If you are fearful of needles or injections, you’re not alone. Most children have this fear and 1 in 4 adults do as well.
Keep in mind that the insulin injection is given into the fatty skin tissue, which has very few nerve endings. Also, insulin needles are very short and thin. The pain itself, if any, is minimal. Oftentimes it is the anticipation of the injection that causes the most anxiety.
There are devices available that hide the syringe and needle, such as Inject-Ease®, devices to block pain signals, such as ShotBlocker® and Buzzy®, as well as numbing creams like lidocaine or Emla.
You can also explore other insulin delivery options, such as an insulin pump or inhaled insulin.
As always, be sure to speak with your healthcare provider about your fears—they will often have tips and strategies for conquering them!