9 Tried-and-Tested Tips to Make Injections Easier with RA
4. Rotate injection sites
You will need to inject your prescribed medication into a subcutaneous layer of fat —that is, a layer of fat just below your skin. To limit pain and scarring, don’t give yourself a shot in the same place every time. Instead, rotate your injection sites in a regular pattern. Each time you give yourself an injection, stay at least 1 inch away from your previous injection site. If it helps, you can use a calendar or smartphone app to track your injection sites.
In general, subcutaneous injections can be given in:
- your abdomen
- your buttocks
- the top of your thighs
- the outer surface of your upper arm
When you inject your abdomen, avoid your bellybutton and waistline areas. If you’re very thin, you might need to avoid your abdomen altogether.
5. Avoid scar tissue
For easier and more comfortable injections, don’t inject medication into scar tissue or stretch marks. To limit bruising, avoid injecting areas with visible small blood vessels. You should also try to avoid areas that are tender, bruised, red, or hard.