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How to Remove a Stuck Ring on a Swollen Finger?

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A ring getting stuck on your finger mainly results from wearing a ring that is much smaller than your finger. However, it can also be caused by arthritic fingers, which happens when your body changes over the years as you grow old. What immediate measures should you take to get yourself out of that situation safely?

First of All, Relax!

Don’t panic, this isn’t as bad as you think. We are here to help & guide you through the inconvenience of removing the stuck ring with the least amount of effort. Below are our tried-and-tested techniques, which can help you set your finger free without damaging your ring.

Have you ever wondered why a ring you easily put on is so hard to remove after only a few days? The reason for that is if the ring is a little too tight when putting on, it will cause your finger to swell slightly, thus making removing it difficult and painful. Check out these easy tricks on removing a stuck ring and afterward dealing with uncomfortable consequences like a swollen finger and joint pain.

1. Removing a Stuck Ring From the Finger With Dental Floss

Dentall floss rolled around a finger with a stuck ring

First step: Pass an end of the fine string or dental floss under the ring. With the other end, begin tightly wrapping the string around the finger. Ensure that the string is wrapped evenly and smoothly past the lower knuckle.

Dental floss being unrolled to get ring off of finger

Second step: With the end that was passed under the ring, begin unwrapping the string in the same direction. The ring should move over the string as the string is unwrapped. If the ring cannot be removed, unwrap the string and immediately seek urgent care.

2. Removing a Stuck Ring From a Swollen finger Using Windex

  • First step: Squirt some Windex on the finger and ring. Alternatively, use any other available lubricant such as soap or oil.
  • Second step: Elevate the hand overhead for 5-10 minutes with ice around the ring and finger.
  • Third step: Use dental floss or a thread to compress the swollen finger as shown:
removing ring with windex
removing ring from swollen finger with windex
removing ring from swollen finger with windex

3. A Simpler Method for Less Problematic Cases

  • First step: Place your index finger gently on the stuck ring, with your thumb underneath it. Start twisting the ring gently back and forth, while slowly pulling the ring out. Like shown you in the picture below:
Removing ring using slow twists.
  • Second Step: Keep twisting & pulling but make sure that you don’t pull and tug too much. It could cause additional swelling and make it even harder to remove the stuck ring.
removing ring from finger by slowly twisting back and forth

4. Dealing With the Aftermath of a Swollen Finger

recovering from swollen finger

Clean the area with a wet cotton bud. Do not put the ring back on until it has been re-sized or the swelling has gone down. If all else fails, cut the ring off with a ring cutter found in jewelry stores, fire departments, and emergency rooms.

Choosing Suitable Rings for Arthritic Fingers

There are several different types of adjustable rings that are available to adults who suffer from arthritis. You can get custom rings with a tiny latch on the band. The band swings open when the ring needs to expand. Once the ring is in place, the latch can be closed to return the ring to its normal size. You can ensure that the ring doesn’t get stuck and you don’t go through that dreadful experience of removing it all over again.

arthritic finger with a ring on it

If you find yourself in this uncomfortable situation, give a try to the tried-and-true home remedies we mentioned above. However, remember that if all else fails, the smartest thing to do is to ask for some help from either your local jeweler, a doctor, or a knowledgeable friend.

Got some extra tips? Feel free to comment below and we’ll make sure to update this blog to help out whoever else may be in this situation!

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