Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger… And Your Ring

One of the most common injuries in the world is a hand injury. In normal, day-to-day situations, a broken finger, gash, cut, or sprain on your hand can be frustrating. But in a survival situation, the condition of your hands and feet can spell the difference between life and death. And if you're wearing a wedding ring… a ring stuck on finger injury can go from bad to worse very quickly. Check out this trick on removing a stuck ring with plastic wrap before the condition gets worse!

A Ring Stuck on Finger? Here's How to Fix It

A Ring Stuck on Finger? Here's How to Get it Off…

Editor's Note: I want to thank Nick for sending this video. Getting a ring stuck is a big fear of mine and I hadn't seen this trick done before.

As your finger swells, the ring cuts off circulation. If you don't get the ring off fast, you could lose a finger. This is why “ring stuck on finger” injuries are so severe, and you need to act fast to prevent further damage.

My buddy Nick from prepcabin.com sent me this video that he came across. It shows a very interesting and effective way to remove a ring from a swollen finger.

From Nick:

“Every now and then a ring gets stuck on my finger and it’s pretty scary. I live about 20 minutes from an ER, but I also don’t want it cut off.

A trick I’ve used for years is soap or another lubricant to slip the ring off, but it can still be very painful to remove the ring and it can damage the tissues of your finger. And if swelling is too bad, it doesn’t work at all!

I came across this video on Facebook and I wanted to share it with you now.”

How to Get a Ring Off a Swollen Finger

Ring Removal Technique: Using an oxygen mask strap Photo by ALiEM Educational Videos [Youtube]

Have you ever wondered why a ring that you easily put on your finger has so much trouble coming off?

The reason is if the ring is too tight, it will cause your finger to swell slightly, making removing the ring difficult.

Step 1. Wrap Elastics Around Your Fingers

Wrap Elastics Around Your Fingers | Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger... And Your Ring
Ring Removal Technique: Using an oxygen mask strap Photo by ALiEM Educational Videos [Youtube]

For this method of removing a stuck ring, you will need a piece of elastic and a pair of tweezers.

Start by wrapping the elastic tightly around the finger, starting at the tip and working your way up to the ring. This will compress the tissue to stop the swelling.

Step 2. Wrap Elastics Tightly

Wrap Elastics Tightly | Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger... And Your Ring
Ring Removal Technique: Using an oxygen mask strap Photo by ALiEM Educational Videos [Youtube]

It's important to wrap the elastic as tightly as possible. Once you reach the ring, use your tweezers to pull the elastic through.

Step 3. Unravel Elastic Wrap

Unravel Elastic Wrap | Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger... And Your Ring
Ring Removal Technique: Using an oxygen mask strap Photo by ALiEM Educational Videos [Youtube]

Then grab the end of the elastic and begin pulling it toward the tip of your finger. As you do, the elastic will begin to “spiral” down the finger, pulling the ring along with it.

Step 4. Pull Off the Ring

Pull Off the Ring | Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger... And Your Ring
Ring Removal Technique: Using an oxygen mask strap Photo by ALiEM Educational Videos [Youtube]

Finally, it will reach the tip of your finger and you can easily pull it off.

Give a Sigh of Relief!

Give a Sigh of Relief | Ring Stuck On Finger? This Cool Trick Could Save Your Finger... And Your Ring
Ring Removal Technique: Using an oxygen mask strap Photo by ALiEM Educational Videos [Youtube]

Check out this string technique for ring removal in this video from Alfred Sacchetti:

A ring is a sentimental object used or given as a token of a strong regard that it becomes a part of you. Sometimes, in a freaky, almost literal kind of way when it gets stuck in your finger, though! Don't wait till it's too late or give in to panic, but seek safe options like this emergency ring removal trick. Don't end up with the last resort but learn how to remove a ring from a swollen finger now. You might also want to consider this: Sneaky Medical Trick To Remove A Stuck Ring.

Do you know any other tips or tricks like this to remove a stuck ring on the finger that you think others should know about? Share your hacks in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 20, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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