How do you remove a ring off a swollen finger?


Quick Answer

Elevating the hand, applying ice, pouring a lubricant over the area and gentle twisting removes most rings stuck on swollen fingers. If the finger becomes dusky blue or purple due to impaired circulation, go to the nearest emergency room to have the ring cut off.

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  1. Elevate the hand.

    Elevate the hand above the heart to reduce some of the swelling.

  2. Apply ice to the finger.

    Wrap an ice cube in a thin cloth, and apply it to the swollen finger for 10 minutes at a time, with a 20 minute break between icing sessions. Alternatively, use a cold pack for up to 20 minutes at a time, again with a break of 20 minutes between sessions. This dulls pain and further reduces swelling.

  3. Drizzle the area with a lubricating oil or liquid soap.

    Mineral oil, baby oil and olive oil work well. So does Windex cleaning solution. Make sure to drizzle it underneath the ring. Liquid soap can also be used, though it can further irritate the skin as it dries out.

  4. Gently twist the ring off.

    Gently twist the ring off the finger. Go slowly, so as not to hurt the skin. Reapply ice and the oil of your choice to continue to reduce swelling and lubricate the skin.

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