If doctor is not readily available: 1. Few drops of tear on the injured area will really help as tear contains Iodine that is an effective antiseptic. Saliva also contain Iodine which also work as an antiseptic. 2. Onion sap is helpful for quick remedy and pain release in such injuries.
If a bandaid is keeping the wound closed and it's not seeping (or gushing) blood out you are doing well! Best things to do: 1. Keep running cold water on it to keep it clean 2. Apply pressure to the site with your other hand (or your other, beautifully painted nails on the same hand). 3. If you have aloe vera where you live, good for you! Otherwise, apply an antibiotic ointment like neosporin to keep it disinfected. 4. If you have any gauze that would be better than a plain old bandaid. 5. As for the pain ... take whatever will make you feel better (Tylenol, glass of wine, shot of tequila ... all good:-).
If you poked a hole a cm deep in that web, it will probably heal OK. If you cut a slice into it so that the slice opens up when you spread your thumb (hope that makes sense) I think you badly need stitches. Every time your thumb moves, that nasty cut will open again and will not likely heal well. Even if it does, scar tissue will likely form and make a lump that could be quite uncomfortable.
So long as the wound is now clean ignore all advice that says to continue to keep 'running water' on the wound. This would only succeed in stopping the blood clotting, which you need it to do to seal the wound. Keep the arm/hand elevated to allow gravity to assist in reducing blood flow to the area (and again this will help in clotting). Apply gentle but firm pressure to the area if bleeding persists to prevent bleeding and give time for the blood to clot and seal the wound. Do not be tempted to interfere further by applying anything else until you have seen a Doctor, even antiseptic creams might not be a good idea unless a Doctor has first checked out the wound. If you are worried about infections use salt water to flush out the wound area, it might sting, but it will be safe and effective.
Sorry Mighty Mom, glass of wine bad idea as this thins the blood and will slow down any clotting process, (although rather good as pain relief I have to agree LOL)
Trust me, I have held a First Aider at Work Certificate (people) and also worked in a Vets surgery previously.
LOL big time. Just noticed this was posted 11 days ago, so if you are still bleeding now you have probably not got long to live due to excessive blood loss. Assuming you survived I would love to know what the result of the Doctor's visit ended up being
Hi Cagsil, still around, just been winding down the allotment for this year, plus being obsessed with making chutneys and marmalades right now (see my recent hubs). All is well. Hope you are okay and really love your avatar, beautiful blue eyes on that tiger
wash with mild soap and water. rinse. pat dry. bandage. polysporin is less likely to cause an allergic reaction than neosporin. clean and rebandage daily. if bleeding stops (and it sounds like it has) stitches are unnecessary, though if you go to a doc they will stitch it because that's what docs do. i know. i was one.
After all the commotion, you must be feeling warm all over with so many hubbers rushing to give you first aid advice. See how they all feel for you little sister! So now make sure your wound does not have a big gap that will give you a scar. Keep it clean and dry . Wash with antiseptic and plaster or bandage it properly.
if by chance you cut yourself and perhaps live in the woods, all alone, cannot drive yourself to emergency, those type of scenarios. the hottest (extra heat units) cayenne pepper poured into a "gaping wound" will heal, bring blood flow, prevent infection as well as anything. my naturopathic doc buddy does live 5 miles in on a dirt road in the mountains and his wife slashed herself good. cayenne, 160,000 heat units did the trick.