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RCG 06-16-2013 19:29

Test strip question
 
This may be nuts, but does anyone keep their test strips in a desiccator?

Since both temperature and humidity degrade the strips (causing high readings) it seems an easy way to eliminate one source of error.

One could certainly be improvised out of a Tupperware, or other air-tight, container.

Steve3129 06-16-2013 19:45

Nope... I use the ReliOn Prime whose strips come in a plastic container with an airtight, watertight, snapping lid. I go through them so fast they don't have time to degrade!!!

Patdart 06-16-2013 20:47

Me, too! Those little containers make nifty pocket containers for aspirin, etc. also.




John.in.France 06-16-2013 21:12

Makes three of us - my Accu-Chek tub seems fine as long as the tube is kept out of the bathroom. On one occasion we did have a tube in the bathroom (closed except when taking a strip out). Then we started getting high readings from the strips and when we compared the results with a strip from the second tube of strips from the same box (kept elsewhere), the bathroom tube ended up in the bin.

So, yes keep them sheltered from moisture - but a desiccator is probably overkill.

marshagolightly 06-16-2013 21:53

Mine are just in their tube with my meter on the kitchen counter or in my purse. The boxes of yet to be used are in my hoosier cabinet in between my dining room and kitchen as are all of our other meds. I don't keep any meds in the bathroom cabinet.

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RCG 06-16-2013 23:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by marshagolightly (Post 171387)
Mine are just in their tube with my meter on the kitchen counter or in my purse. The boxes of yet to be used are in my hoosier cabinet in between my dining room and kitchen as are all of our other meds. I don't keep any meds in the bathroom cabinet.

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My problem is the opposite, I only test twice a week, when I go to Cardiac Rehab, so 50 strips last me about six months.

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marshagolightly 06-17-2013 00:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by RCG (Post 171400)

My problem is the opposite, I only test twice a week, when I go to Cardiac Rehab, so 50 strips last me about six months.

Sent from my incredibly classy Chromebook Pixel.

I test 8-10 times a day so mine go pretty quick :)

Mary, 06-17-2013 01:09

I go through mine quickly too, so they don't have a chance to sit for too long. I don't keep mine in the bathroom, as I tend to take very hot showers.

@ Patdart - I am glad to hear I'm not the only one that finds ways to reuse the vials. They're convenient for small stuff!


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