Post # 1
So I’ve been sick lately, and my fingers swell up randomly. I woke up this morning (I know, I know, it was dumb to wear my ring to sleep) and now my e-ring is majorly stuck on my finger! I’ve tried dish soap and am currently soaking my finger in cold water hoping the swelling goes down. Any other ideas short of getting it cut off?
Post # 3
Ice water and elevate your hand.
Don’t fiddle with the ring for a while, the more you fiddle with it the more you will aggravate the tissue around it.
If your finger starts turning colors or going numb then you need to get yourself to an ER so the ring can be cut off.
Post # 4
Ouch! I just found this method, apparently it works:
and if that doesn’t work, try this:
Post # 5
It wasn’t dumb to wear your ring to sleep – people do that allll the time.
Do you need to get it off because it hurts? You didn’t say if it was causing pain or if you just wanted it off for some reason. If you don’t NEED it off, don’t beat up your hand trying to get at it. If it’s so swollen that the ring is cutting into your skin, you may need to go to the doctor :o(
Otherwise, antihistamines – Benadryl cream (or just take some benadryl). Cooking spray is good and slippery, so is olive oil. WD-40 if you have it :o)
Post # 6
In Australia the Fire Department keeps ring cutters – may be an option if you can’t get it off. Otherwise baby oil or olive oil if you have none.
Post # 7
I remember another bee suggested tying floss or thread or something around your finger to decompress the swelling and then pulling the ring off.
Post # 8
@sweetcrackers: Yes, why do you need to take it off? Can’t you just keep it on until the swelling goes down?
Post # 9
I know of a jeweler that swore by Windex when people would get rings stuck. You’d think this would be no better than dish soap, but it’s easy and most people have it on hand – worth a try.
Post # 10
NVM, just re-read that you used dishsoap
Post # 11
Windex. Seriously. When my SO’s hands are swollen you’d need to chop off his finger to get his ring off. One spritz of windex and it practically removes itself. 🙂
Post # 12
Leave it be and try to remove later. Your finger will only get worse with constant pulling.
If all else fails, go to a local jeweler to cut it off. They can cut it off for you. The ER will also do it.
Once you have it off, leave it off for a few days, and get it resized!
I wear my rings quite loose for EXACTLY this reason. I’d rather have to wrap string or bandaids around my ring shank to tighten things up then have a stuck or too tight ring. I had to get a ring cut off before and have had ring claustrophbia ever since! It took a while for my finger to go back to normal after.
Post # 13
WINDEX!! It sounds crazy, but it totally works. My sister managed to get my Dad’s wedding ring off after 30+ years of marriage (and who knows how much weight gain LOL) to buff it out for him, and his finger had actually grown around it! I also have had experience with this and toe rings (don’t laugh, there’s an annual festival here where they sell gold toe rings that you don’t have to take off, and they put them on you with Windex).
Post # 14
In general, are you drinking enough water? You may be getting dehydrated because you’re sick, and dehydration actually causes you to swell (seems like the opposite of what should happen). Anyhow, be sure you are drinking at least 64oz of water a day. I have noticed that when I’m hydrated my ring spins more, and when I’m dehydrated it gets stuck. Hope this is helpful, and I hope you get well soon 🙂
Post # 15
Thanks, everybody! Nothing is working so far, unfortunately. It doesn’t really hurt, but I think it’s more mentally uncomfortable than anything. Thinking about having it chopped off is not fun! My ring is usually pretty loose when my fingers are normal, but they’ve been swelling at random due to a medical thing. It’s hard to predict if and when they will swell, and it’s hard not to wear my engagement ring because I like it so much.
Here’s how it usually fits:
Why do fingers always look so fat in pictures?!
Post # 16
@ECJ4ever: Interesting! Probably not, the meds I’m on make me nauseous so eating or drinking anything is uncomfortable. Guess I need to suck it up and HYDRATE!