I don't want to cut off my rings! Help!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Susanlee178:  Time for a doctor visit. Sorry to say it but I think your finger is more important at this point. You do want your finger, right? They might be able to give you an injection to take down the swelling and remove your rings that way. Only one way to find out…

Post # 4
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Susanlee178:  take some ibuprofen, keep it elevated and ice it.  See if the swelling will go down, you should get it looked at though.

Post # 5
3524 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Take some advil, and let it kick in.  Then try KY jelly…  gross image I know, but that is what jewelers, if thave behind the counter just in case.  However, if that does not work, I would let them cut it off.  If it is a simple setting, it can esaily be fixed.  If it is not… it may need some TLC, but you cannot leave an injury.  


feel better 😉


Post # 6
4135 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It’s your ring or your finger, get to an ER!

Post # 7
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Agree with YUN01.

Swelling unlikely to go down soon.

You could cut off circulation to your finger.

PLEASE get medical attention.

Post # 8
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

have you tried the dental floss method?

Post # 10
69 posts
Worker bee

This happened to a coworker of mine about a year ago.  (It turned out to be a torn tendon – this was after about an hour of another coworker – who was convinced it was dislocated – trying to “pop it back into place.” :shudder: No, we don’t work in a medical setting.)  He saw an orthopedist, who removed the ring without cutting it.  He couldn’t wear it for a long time, though.

Go to a walk-in clinic – they probably see this kind of situation all the time.

Post # 11
42101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Susanlee178:  The nurses at the urgent care centre can remove it with fine string or dental floss , or you can try it yourself.

Most people who try the dental floss or string technique don’t wrap the floss or string tight enough. We ER nurses are trained to be hard hearted and just wrap tight. The momentary discomfort the patient feels is worth it.


This is how we do it in the ER without cutting the ring.

Take a long piece of string or dental floss. Slip one end under the ring starting from the outside edge of the ring ( the side nearest your fingertip). Leave that end long enough that you can get a grip on it later -at least 8-10″.

Wrap the string that is still on the outside edge of the ring really tightly and close together to squish down the swelling and basically force the fluid up over the knuckle toward the finger tip.Keep wrapping tightly and close together until the wound up string is over the first knuckle.

Now grab hold of the end of the string that you left on the side towards your hand and pull it up and towards the finger tip. Unwind that end of the string . The ring will be wound in circles over the wound tightly string until it spins over your knuckle.

Here is a video: 



Post # 12
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The people in the ER took off my rings by icing my fingers, then they wound dental tape round my fingers to get the rings off.

Post # 13
1847 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Susanlee178:  Try Windex before you go! But glad you’re going in to get it checked.. hope it’s not broken!

Post # 15
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Dental floss method! Look it up on youtube. It totally works.

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