3 Easy Ways to Remove a Ring Stuck on Your Finger

3 Easy Ways to Remove a Ring Stuck on Your Finger

Have you ever had a bad day, and everything just gets worse once you get home, and getting ready to rest, and suddenly your ring is stuck on one of your fingers?

Wait! Don’t panic yet. Let us help you get through this. Here are some easy tips to deal with that, and be rid of that ring. No, don’t get rid of it. Just put it back safely in its jewelry box once it has been safely removed.

Now going back, here are the easy tips I mentioned, whichever works for you.

Reduce the swelling.

With that ring stuck on your finger, it would definitely affect the blood flow, that can result in (yes, you guessed it) swelling. To reduce such, place ice around the ring and finger and elevate the hand overhead for 5-10 minutes. The cold temperature will cause the blood vessels to constrict thereby decreasing the swelling. The elevation, on the other hand, will allow gravity to assist, keeping some of the blood flow out of the finger. This strategy alone can be a way to remove the ring once the swelling subsides. But if this doesn’t work, there are still more tips.

Apply a Lubricant

If the first tip failed, here’s another easy one. Apply some lubricant on the area, such as soap, oil or even Windex. The surfactants in these types of substances can help to reduce the surface tension between the ring and the skin, making the ring easier to maneuver off of the finger. Also, Windex is actually a better option as it will not gum up your ring like other lubricants such as oil or lotion could. If this still fails, we have one last tip that does not involve leaving your home.

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Use dental floss

Now for this one, there are steps that need to be followed. These are still easy, don’t worry. Now, grab that dental floss in your bathroom and let’s get started.

  1. Slip the thread, floss or thin elastic cording, under the stuck ring with the bulk of it toward the fingertip. You can use a needle and thread to rung the floss or string under the ring. Thin tweezers can also be an alternative to pass the thin elastic under the ring. 
  2. Beginning at the top of the ring, tightly wrap the finger with the thread/floss numerous times to compress the finger. Continue doing this until you are all the way up and over the knuckle.
  3. With the end that was under the ring, begin to unwrap the thread or floss with the ring, by pulling towards the fingertip. This will allow the ring to slide over the knuckle as it continues to unwind.

If the floss technique still doesn’t work, then you need the help of a professional. The ring can be cut off with a ring cutter by a jeweler, by a local EMT or fire department, or at the emergency room. But let’s just hope you don’t really get to the point of cutting that ring off. 

Now that your finger can finally breathe, let me give you an overview of why a ring ever gets stuck on one’s finger in the first place. 

So, a ring can actually get stuck on one’s finger by simply wearing a ring that’s too small. Another reason can be arthritis of your joints, which can happen as your body changes over the years. That can cause your joints and/or tissue to swell that can prevent the removal of your ring. As you might wonder that your favorite ring that fit perfectly the previous year can hardly slip through your finger this time. 

 The next time you try to put on your ring, check it first if it still fits properly. Otherwise, just don’t forcefully slip it onto your finger to avoid these kinds of problems later on.

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