How to Remove a Ring That's Stuck on Your Finger:
First, The Reasons For a Stuck Ring
The most common reasons for extra tight bands are:
- There are a few reasons why you might get a ring stuck on your finger: You haven't taken it off for years. Think of a wedding or engagement ring. The band doesn't change, but the finger size can.
- To begin with, you are probably wearing a ring that is too small for you. This is a common problem among people who frequently purchase rings but do not have the time to try on different sizes. Sometimes the ring fits perfectly in the store, but the finger expands, and the ring becomes too small after a while. This is why people should take their time measuring their ring sizes while at the store, or if they are buying rings at home, they should take the time to understand how ring sizing works.
- Another reason for ring tightness is weight gain. Weight gain is especially common among pregnant women or women who have recently gained a lot of weight. The finger expands along with the rest of the body, and the ring becomes tighter as a result.
- If your hand has experienced any kind of physical injury or health dilemma in the past few days, it may have swelled a tad. You may be unable to remove the ring due to swelling or inflammation. The tissues around the ring would have expanded slightly, contributing to it being too tight for comfortable wear.
- Some medical health conditions, such as arthritis, can cause joint swelling. The knuckles of your digits may have expanded if the ring finger joints are affected by osteoarthritis. An expanded knuckle is solid, and it does not give way when slightly compressed, as when we remove a ring. The removal process will be painful, and you may injure yourself.
- Finally, there are some cases where the wearer has a health condition that causes them to retain fluid, such as people with kidney disease. The extra fluid distributes itself throughout the body, including the digits. Swollen fingers make removing the ring even more difficult.
Top Ways To Remove a Ring Stuck
Method 1: Twisting
- Let's begin with the least invasive and painful procedure: twisting. First, grab your ring with your three digits and gently turn it back and forth until the skin loosens and the finger releases it. When the ring moves enough, gently pull on it until it comes off. Be careful; If you get too rough trying to loosen an extra tight ring, you may end up bruising yourself.
Method 2: Use Windex
Before moving the band from side to side, dab a small amount of Windex on the affected finger. Windex will lubricate the area under the band and the skin surrounding it, allowing the ring to move from its original position. Remember not to be too rough with the band, or you will injure yourself. Instead of trying to yank the ring off your finger, ease it off.
Method 3: Use Hand Lotion
Method 4: Use Ice
Method 5: Use Dental Floss
Method 6: Use a Ring Cutter
If you don't have one, get a ring cutter, you can use it to remove a ring. A ring cutter is a small tool found at most jewelry stores, fire departments and emergency rooms. This handy device consists of two handles and a small rutting blade in the middle.
How to Use:
- Open the jaws of the cutter so that they are big enough to fit over the stuck ring.
- Position the blade of the ring cutter in the middle of the ring.
- Be careful to avoid permanent damage to the finger. Squeeze the handles of the cutter together to cut through the stuck ring, making sure the finger is isolated and safe. Once the ring is cut, it should come off easily, and your finger is free.
If this does not remove a stuck ring from your finger, you may need to use another method to remove it.
Method 7: Seek Professional Medical Advice
How To Prevent A Swollen Finger
How to Treat a Swollen Finger
Try these methods for reducing a swollen finger:
- Keep Your Arm/Hand Elevated
Gravity will keep the extra fluid in your body if you keep your palm down. Placing your arm/hand overhead will assist in returning liquid to your body and reduce your swollen areas by helping the blood vessels carry fluid away from the affected area. For as long as you need, repeat this process until your blood flow normalizes.
- Apply Ice to the Swollen Finger
Ice will help reduce the swollen area and numb it so that you can safely remove the ring. Apply ice for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
- Wear a Split or Compressive Wrap
Do not apply too tightly. This compression will help massage fluid back into your swollen finger. You can also use a compressive wrap to keep your hand/arm elevated.
- Take an Anti-Inflammatory Medication
Medication such as ibuprofen can help reduce pain and severely swollen areas. Follow the package instructions for proper dosage.
Be sure to move your hand and digits regularly to help pump fluid back into your body. If you still have swelling after following the recommendations above, contact a hand specialist as soon as possible.
Stuck rings are a nuisance, but you can get them off without any discomfort with the right knowledge and tools. Be sure to take care of your finger after removing the ring to avoid bruising or swelling. If you are ever in doubt, please reach out to medical professionals for assistance, or visit your local emergency room.