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.
well who did put band aid?..go to doc wrylit...we need your hand till you post 10k hubs...
Go see a real doctor, don't ask for virtual advice from strangers.
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.
Please read the post at the bottom of this thread.
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
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.
Put ice on it. That will slow the metabolic process. Lessen the pain. Slow the blood flow.
Remove the thumb immediately and immediately paint your nails!
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
above all else MOST IMPORTANT TO KEEP RUNNING AREA UNDER WATER-KEEP IT CLEAN!
BE OKAY, OK?
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!
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...
Run cold water over the cut, then cover it completely in Aloe Vera (the real stuff straight from the plant).
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
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
Oh wow! 11 days ago this happened? Has anyone seen Wry around lately? I haven't, come to think of it! oh no!
Hey Misty, what's up? I hope you are well. Nice to see you again.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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