Cutting off a tight ring is a last resort.

How to Get a Tight Ring Off

by Jaimie Zinski

A ring stuck on your finger -- it can happen when you're pregnant, retaining water or trying on a girlfriend's irresistible but too-small jewels. Trying to tug, yank and pull off a ring that's too tight is both embarrassing and uncomfortable, but sometimes a few tricks can bring success. If your finger begins to turn blue, however, head to the emergency room instead.

1 Place your hand under a cold running tap or hold an ice pack over the affected finger. This helps bring down any swelling.

2 Rub a lubricant, such as hand lotion, baby oil or liquid dish soap, all over your finger and around the ring. Twist and turn the ring as you try to pull it off.

3 Wrap a piece of dental floss or sewing thread around your finger. Starting above the knuckle on the fingertip end, tautly wrap the string or floss, paying attention that each wrap touches the next. Push the ring slightly toward your knuckle and tuck the string underneath the ring. Proceed to wrap the string around the section where the ring previously sat.

4 Slowly begin unraveling the string as you push the ring toward your fingertip. The ring should slide over the wrapped portion of your finger, pushed along by the unraveling string.

5 If nothing works to get the ring off of your finger, head to a local emergency room. It might be necessary to have the ring cut off by a doctor.

Items you will need

  • Ice pack
  • Hand lotion
  • Baby oil
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Dental floss
  • Sewing thread

Photo Credits

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