Just cut my hand... any advice?

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  1. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 13 years ago

    I just had a knife slip about 1cm into the web between thumb and pointer finger.

    Have put a bandaid over it and seems to be not bleeding much but starting to sting.

    Any advice?

    1. pisean282311 profile image62
      pisean282311posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      well who did put band aid?..go to doc wrylit...we need your hand till you post 10k hubs...

      1. WryLilt profile image89
        WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Home alone with my baby, hubby won't be home for another four hours... so I'm not planning on driving anywhere!

        Oh and I can totally hub one handed. It's my left hand. tongue

    2. relache profile image73
      relacheposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Go see a real doctor, don't ask for virtual advice from strangers.

    3. saleheensblog profile image61
      saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. WryLilt profile image89
        WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Please read the post at the bottom of this thread. smile

        1. saleheensblog profile image61
          saleheensblogposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I can't understand which post you are talking about but I am just happy to know that you are better now and laughing and torturing over your keyboard smile

          1. WryLilt profile image89
            WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this


            LoL torturing. Yep that's probably what my keyboard thinks!

    4. profile image0
      Baileybearposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      don't dribble blood on the keyboard smile

  2. profile image0
    Nelle Hoxieposted 13 years ago

    Ouch! Just keep it really clean and put some antiseptic ointment on it. I bet it will be fine. If it starts to feel warm or you get a fever, or if it keeps opening up, then go to the doctor.

    1. WryLilt profile image89
      WryLiltposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Nelle. Have a doc appt Monday for something else so might get her to take a look then.

  3. profile image60
    logic,commonsenseposted 13 years ago

    Put ice on it.  That will slow the metabolic process.  Lessen the pain.  Slow the blood flow.

  4. profile image0
    kimberlyslyricsposted 13 years ago

    Remove the thumb immediately and immediately paint your nails! lol

    no seriously, apply pressure if in 10 minutes it is bleeding badly (like you can't do anything without blood dripping)

    Best get a few stitches if its bad enough.  I always get so mad though by the time I wait 3 hours in Emerg It stops bleeding!  ha


    BE OKAY, OK?

    1. pisean282311 profile image62
      pisean282311posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Remove the thumb immediately and immediately paint your nails!  lol...

  5. sunforged profile image70
    sunforgedposted 13 years ago

    just raise your arm - a nice sharp cut should close right up, elevating above the heart will slow blood loss - keep you from getting woozy while your alone.

    thats a nasty spot for a cut though - done it quite a few times and never enjoyed it in the least!

  6. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 13 years ago

    Thank you all. Still freakin' sore but otherwise ok.

    Too scared to raise the bandaid... gonna wait for hubby to come home (YAY only an hour to go) and he can take a look lol...

  7. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 13 years ago

    Run cold water over the cut, then cover it completely in Aloe Vera (the real stuff straight from the plant).

  8. Mighty Mom profile image77
    Mighty Momposted 13 years ago

    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:-).

    Feel better, wrylit! MM

  9. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 13 years ago

    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.

  10. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 13 years ago

    I hope you are doing okay now!

  11. mistyhorizon2003 profile image88
    mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years ago

    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) smile

    Trust me, I have held a First Aider at Work Certificate (people) and also worked in a Vets surgery previously.

  12. mistyhorizon2003 profile image88
    mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years ago

    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 smile

  13. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    Oh wow!  11 days ago this happened?  Has anyone seen Wry around lately?  I haven't, come to think of it!  oh no!

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image88
      mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Don't fret, she has posted on http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/59038 in the last few hours, so I am guessing the wound was not too serious thankfully smile

  14. Cagsil profile image70
    Cagsilposted 13 years ago

    Hey Misty, what's up? I hope you are well. smile Nice to see you again. smile

    1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image88
      mistyhorizon2003posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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 smile

      1. Cagsil profile image70
        Cagsilposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I am doing well. Thank you. smile The tiger was a change that was due. lol I'll have to check out your recent hubs... wink

  15. cathylynn99 profile image74
    cathylynn99posted 13 years ago

    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.

  16. WryLilt profile image89
    WryLiltposted 13 years ago

    Since there seems to be some questions as to my hand's health, I just thought I'd let everyone know that I managed to keep the arm (it was touch and go there for awhile!)

    Luckily it didn't get infected and it sealed itself within 24 hours so I didn't bother getting the doctor to check it. I think because it was a straight in, clean cut it wasn't as bad as a slice.

    Thanks for the concern and I'll go back to my usual - stabbing, cutting, running into walls and dropping things on my toes. Am a bit of a klutz!

    1. Urbane Chaos profile image89
      Urbane Chaosposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      So the moral of the story is this: Don't play 5-finger fillet with an extremely sharp knife.  It stings when you miss.

      Really though, glad you didn't lose a thumb - or an arm.  That could have been bad for your hub-career. tongue

      1. quuenieproac profile image59
        quuenieproacposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        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.

  17. DrMikeFitzpatrick profile image35
    DrMikeFitzpatrickposted 13 years ago

    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.


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