The worst nightmare other than losing your ring, is having it stuck on your finger. The anxiety, the physical pain, the panic- you name it. Fortunately, there are several home remedies you can use to save your finger, and hopefully the ring too.
Twist the ring gently and calmly
In most cases, the scare of having a metal object stuck on your hand forever (fuelled by scary internet pictures of rings stuck on people’s rings and eating into their skin), will make you panic. So much that you forget to just take a deep breath, and gently remove the ring 😊.
How to do it:
Grasp the ring gently and twist it back and forth gently while pulling your finger from the ring. Avoid tugging too much because this will cause swelling- making it harder to remove the ring.
Lubricate your finger well and try the process on number (1) above. Lubricants which an be used include, but not limited to: Petroleum jelly, vegetable oil, dishwashing liquid, baby oil, butter, hand lotion, coconut oil.
If the finger is swollen, try to reduce the swelling first before attempting to remove the finger.
How to reduce finger swelling
Fully submerge your finger with the stuck ring into a cup of ice water.
Hold your hand with the finger in the cup over your head for about 10 minutes.
Remove the finger from the ice water. With your other hand, compress your finger above the stuck ring.
Slowly and gently ease the ring off your finger. Consider adding some lubrication.
You might have to repeat this process a number of times, allowing a 5- to 10-minute break between attempts.
Dental Floss or String
The Harvard Medical School suggests using dental floss, or a string to remove stuck rings. Well, so you are informed- be well prepared for a bit of pain if you are using this method!
Tightly and evenly wrap dental floss around the finger above the ring and past the lower knuckle.
Start unwrapping the dental floss from the area closest to the string.
As you unwrap the dental floss, the ring should move up the finger and off.
If the ring does not come off, remove the dental floss, and get emergency care.
Watch the video on the link below on how to use a dental floss to remove your ring:
Cutting the ring off
If all the methods mentioned above did not work, you will have to consider cutting off the ring to prevent medical complications to your finger. Aurex Jewellery provides the service at their Factory shop for a nominal fee. However, the ring may not be reparable after cutting it off.
Written by: Chiedza Precious Marume
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