Monday, September 12, 2005


Does anyone out there have a fool-proof way to remove a ring that's become lodged on a swollen finger?

Stupidly, I waited a couple of weeks too long to take off my wedding and engagement rings and now they are threatening to cut off all circulation to my left ring finger.

I've tried cold water and soap. I've tried twisting and I've tried pulling. I'm starting to think that the only thing that will work is cutting the rings off. (Though I have to be honest, I am not completely opposed to that idea. Am thinking it could mean an upgraded wedding band as a "labor day" present if I play my cards right.)

Anyway, hurry with your advice and suggestions. I figure I have a couple more days before my finger turns blue and falls off.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the hospital, we wrap 1/2 inch twill tape very tightly around someone's finger and then elevate the finger for a few minutes. Then we goop up our hands with KY jelly, quickly unwrap the finger and work, work, work to get it off. You have to get the jelly all over and under the ring. Sometimes it takes a few minutes of pulling and tugging, but I've always gotten rings off and haven't lost any fingers yet!


12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you try some body/hand cream. First hold your finger under ice cold water, then slather A LOT of lotion/cream on the finger and twist and turn - It might be uncomfortable but you will probably get it off. Good luck!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Galloping Cats said...

how about vegetable oil?

2:25 PM  
Blogger spiller said...


But if you do have to cut it off, make sure you get a licensed professional to do the honors. And make sure the Labor Day special has many carats and is very very shiny.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

I second the recommendation for putting your hand in very cold water and then using something to slick the ring off. I know my rings are always much more loose when it's cold outside or if they've been in cold water. Hope this helps!

8:08 PM  
Blogger liz said...

What every one else said.

When it happened to me I used olive oil.

11:20 AM  
Blogger P. said...

I agree with the pps. Soak your hand in ice cold water and use olive oil/veggie oil/crisco/hand lotion/ky to get it off. Hope you are successful!

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This happened to me when I was pregnant with my twins. Oils, cold, etc didn't work. Windex did. Something about the ammonia shrinks the finger temporarily.

8:44 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

If you're still struggling, you might try this trick I saw on PBS once. Take a piece of regular sewing thread or dental floss and wrap it around your finger--tightly--several times, right above your ring. This should "shrink" your finger enough to slide the ring off, and then you just remove the string. Good luck!

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dianna is right .. and just to add, if you can pass the dental floss under the ring so the end is nearer the hand, the floss can be "unwound" to ease the ring off the finger. Also, I heard that Preparation H is a good lubricant as it is formulated to shrink tissue anyway. Finally, perhaps an herbal diuretic or nice long sit in the sauna to rid your body of liquid.

11:51 PM  

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