Injecting through clothing?

Curious, how many of you inject through your clothing? This topic was touched on in another discussion here at TU (The guy on the NY subway rolling around in his business suit (soiled with subway grime ;)) and then injecting insulin?) Personally I’ve never done it, just not my style…. But if it works for the PWD that does inject through their clothing, more power to them.

My Endocrinologist told me a story when I was first diagnosed about a lecture he attended. He said the professor giving the lecture had diabetes. Right in the middle of the lecture he paused for a few seconds, injected his insulin right through his white dress shirt and then kept on talking like nothing took place. What if this professor has a blood gusher? What about the sanitary aspect of this?

Personally if I’m wearing an outfit that doesn’t give access to midsection, I inject in the back of my arm. I think the needles we have these days are too short to inject through clothing.

Prior to getting a pump, I injected through my jeans most of the time. Did that for 15 years without any problems. The only minor problem was the once/month that it would bleed a tiny spot - jeans cover that up a lot.

I’ve done this a couple of times. Has to be through thin pants because my needles are short, but I’d rather see where I’m injecting. A T1 friend (over 30 years) used to shoot through his clothes regularly before he got a pump. Doesn’t seem sanitary, but a subQ shot from a small needle is less than a scratch.

I used to do it all the time,I’m on a pump now,and yeah blood spots could be problems at times,but peroxide and cold water are great at removing these.Also I carry a tide laundry pen with me now for on the spot treatment of any blood spots,or coffee mishaps etc, and it works wonderfully.The sanitary aspect though, these needles make less of a hole than a sewing needle or thub tac and we don’t freak out when accidentally poked with one of those.

I’ve done it many times in my leg, usually when it’s inconvenient to lift my shirt but I’m hidden enough to do it. I’ve also done it through my shirt into my stomach. I use the longer needles because they hurt less and there’s no problem with length.

Never got up the nerve to do it. I am a healthcare professional and in the beginning with D I didn’t even dream to not use an alcohol pad. Although I progressed to never using an alcohol pad I could never bring myself to inject through clothing.

I inject through my clothing all the time. I inject through my clothing more often than directly. I do think it dulls the needles a little faster, and hence I have to change my needles more often, but of course I shouldn’t be reusing needles anyway. The only thing I have to caveat is that injecting through leather just does not work, trust me on this.

I used to inject through my shirt all the time. I would give my shots at my desk. I never had any sort of infection. I would stain my shirts once in a while because I hit a gusher. For a long time I did it according to hospital recommendations. I was actually horrified to hear that someone my partner knew used to inject through his clothing. I started doing it and found it was fine. That being said, I’m an office worker and typically avoid rolling around a subway car.

And you really are playing Russian roulette when you shoot through your shirts. You sometimes end up bloodied.

I wear a dress about once a year, so this doesn’t affect me.

But when I do, I just make sure to “pinch an inch” with my clothing, if that makes sense. As for the bleeding, I haven’t bled but I bruise a lot, and when I do leak (ewwwwwww) it’s usually the insulin coming out of my skin and not blood.

I wouldn’t inject through clothes. I really like to see what I’m doing and I also worry about the rare blood drops on my shirts. It seems safe. I just go to the bathroom to do it in privacy.

Hehe, Danny… You got a good laugh out of me on that one. :slight_smile:


You’d be surprised what you will or won’t do after years and years and years of dealing with this.

Like you I would not do it. Just the thought of a possible bleeding makes me uncomfortable. I know someone who does this all the time without problems. Some diabetics seem to feel vulnerable in business situations and so they prefer the through clothing approach then. In contrast I prefer the half monty :slight_smile:

I know. I never use alcohol pads anymore (except for pump sites I do), never wash my hands uness something is on them before I test, lick my fingers after I test - all bad habits - but I know I would never inject through clothing. Just goes beyond what I would do - the thought of potentially getting clothing fibers in a needle track, the though of going through dirty clothing (especially jeans wehre I may wear them for a couple of days).

I have injected through my clothing - it dulls the needles faster, but otherwise I never had any problems.

Worked well through hosery or nylon - not so well through denim (bent a couple of needles!)

I stopped doing it once I got over worrying about the opinion of others as relates to my injections. Now, I just pull up my shirt a little and inject in the abdomen, normally under the table, and nobody even notices.

I do it all the time (did it all the time on the Pod now!). I don’t do it because I am afraid of what people think, I do it because I wear slacks, long sleeve shirts (tucked in), and an undershirt(also tucked in). I don’t have access to skin without unbuttoning or untucking. It is a pain otherwise. If I have easy access to flesh I show it off and shoot! Don’t use alcohol, I reuse needles, I only change my lancettes once every 6months - 1Year. When I went through Pump training I was told there is no proof swabbing before injecting keeps things more sanitary.

Clothes are not that dirty. I would rather shoot through my clothes than handle money or use someone’s kitchen, but I do these things and live!

I got the shorter Novofine needles at my last refill (Pharmacist said it would be less painful), i have no idea why, but it really is less comfortable.

I started a new job where i have to where a shirt everyday leaving me with two options, walk out to the restroom everytime i need to inject or turn around and inject through my undershirt… usually end up doing the latter…
however, everytime i do, i wonder if i am pushing in some fabric along with the needle… hope i am just being paranoid