(Closed) So I'm an idiot…And now have to cut my ring off :(

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ok, assuming the ring is not painful, discoloring your finger or anything else, STOP MESSING WITH IT.  Every time you tug on it, poke at it, twist it or anything else, you are causing further inflammation in the area.  Inflammation = swelling.  Give it a couple days, stay super hydrated and avoid sodium.  Keep an eye on the hand to make sure that it’s not becoming discolored or painful.  Don’t touch.  You should see a visible reduction in a few days.  When that happens, keep your hand in a jug of ice water for as long as you can tolerate.  Dry off, liberally coat the finger with vaseline, and twist the ring off. 

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@BoxerLady:  soak your hand in ice cold water tonight. 

I have a feeling you may of actually bruised your finger with all the yanking. So try the ice water and then STOP touching it for a week. The interal swelling will go down on its own. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh god, don’t cut it off until it’s an absolute last resort!!!!!!!

I would go to the emergency room before I cut it off, they might have some anti inflammatory they can give you. The stress isn’t helping the inflammation response either. 

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee

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@Rouquine:  When you haven’t had enough water, your cells swell up trying to hold on to the small amount of water they DO have. That’s why. πŸ˜€

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve had this same issue, my hands swell quite a bit at night and in heat.  I’ve actually woken up in the middle of the night because I can feel may rings getting too tight.  I have always had the best luck with using freezing cold/ice water.  It takes a few painful minutes of just letting ur hand sit I under the water, but it usually works.  If it doesn’t, don’t panic, it will come off at some point.  I wouldn’t cut it unless ur circulation starts to get cut off from te swelling

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@Chrysoberyl:  haha. Well, i only drink water so I can tell when I haven’t had enough. That’s all. πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 26
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

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@BoxerLady:  I mentioned above, but try just running it under cold water first. Ice water makes my hands hurt – even just thinking about it! 

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@BoxerLady:  I haven’t had to fog as far as ice water yet, usually holding it under really cold water for 2 minutes has been enough for me

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

if your finger isn’t blue or tingling or feeling funny, stop touching it.  just give it another day or two to relax, take advil for the swelling, and then when you’re ready, take another dose of advisl, submerge your hand in ice water, but some oil or vasiline on it and then lightly pull it off.

My fingers get swollen when I haven anxiety attacks or freak out so try to stay calm.  the Advil helps with swelling and the cold will shrink your finger.

 

stop pulling on it though – you are probably causing more damage and swelling and thats much worse.  I got stung by something on my right hand ring finger (causing an anxiety attack) and then started yanking hard on my ring for a long time.  It finally came off but my finger was purple (from the ring, not the sting) and the joint was really painful to move. That finger is now almost 1/2 size bigger than it was before!

Post # 29
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@BoxerLady:  You’ve already had the correct advice from a pp. If you came into the ER where I work, I would have that ring off in a flash using string or dental floss. It’s easy enough to do yourself at home. Very rarely is it necessary to cut a ring off.

Post # 30
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I agree about giving it some time, drinking water, avoiding sodium, and then a diuretic.  Cold water is going to work better than just ice.  Let it run over the inside of your wrist as well, it will cool your whole hand a bit better.

Try sticking your hand straight up in the air.  When dancing, spining around with our arms out would cause everyones hands to swell up sticking them right up, above the heart would help.

The dental floss method I know of is very different.  You slip it under the ring and use that to pull it off.  It tends to work for bands where it’s difficult to get a decent grip on them.  The other method sounds like it could make things worse.

Post # 31
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@julies1949:  Wrapping it around the finger works?  What side do you start on?

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