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How to Give Yourself an Injection

If you're diabetic or have a vitamin deficiency, you may have to give yourself a shot. There's nothing to be afraid of -- it can be easy and painless.


  • Step 1: Pull back slightly on the plunger. If you see blood, pull the needle out and start again at a different site.
  • Step 2: Push the plunger all the way down to inject the medicine and pull the needle out when done. Apply a small bit of pressure with an alcohol swab at the injection site.
  • Step 3: Cover the site with a band-aid if there is blood, cap the needle, and dispose of the needle properly. Rewash your hands and be glad that the process is complete.
  • FACT: As of 2006, many pharmaceutical companies began trying needle-less injections -- these shots use pressure applied through a small gas generator, compressed gas, or a spring mechanism to push the medicine through your skin.
  • TIP: Insert the needle quickly -- it's less painful.
  • Step 4: Insert the needle into your skin at a 45 to 90 degree angle. Make sure it's completely covered by skin.
  • Step 5: Pick your injection site. It should be an area that has a layer of fat between the skin and muscle such as the outer surface of your upper arm, your thigh, abdomen, or butt.
  • TIP: Don't use the same site each time -- pick a spot at least 1 1/2 inches away.
  • Step 6: Clean the injection area with alcohol on a cotton ball or swab.
  • Step 7: Remove the needle cap and hold the syringe like a pencil in one hand while pinching a 2-inch fold of skin with your other hand.
  • Step 8: Wash your hands with soap and water before handling the needle and the medicine.

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