More often than not, the problem can be dealt with in a matter of minutes. Here are 7 tips and tricks that will make it easy. Use any of them or try them one at a time until you find the right one.
1. Don’t pull, but twist
Try removing the ring by gently twisting it on your finger. As if it were a threaded nut. Just don’t pull too hard and don’t twist if the ring refuses to turn. If it doesn’t work, go to the next method.
2. Raise your hand above the level of your heart
For example, put it on your shoulder for 10-15 minutes. This method reduces the flow of blood and lymph to the finger. As a result, the swelling may become less, and the ring can be removed without too much effort.
3. Dip your hand or swollen finger into cold water
Coldwater causes blood vessels to narrow. This improves blood and lymphatic drainage from the swollen finger. The swelling becomes less, which means it will be easier to remove the jewelry.
To enhance this effect, first, immerse the finger in cold water for a few minutes, and then raise the hand above the level of the heart for another 3-5 minutes — as described above.
4. Tighten the skin
Removing the ring is sometimes prevented by skin folds that gather at the joint. Ask someone close to you to tighten your skin under the upper phalanx and the joint.
5. Soap your finger
Don’t spare any soap. It will create a slippery film on the surface of your skin and thus reduce friction between your finger and the inner surface of the ring.
Use a Kleenex to keep the fingers of your other hand, the one you’re using to remove the jewelry, from slipping. Again, try to remove it in a circular motion.
6. Use scotch tape
This is a more advanced version of the previous method. Take ordinary transparent tape and wrap it around your finger from the nail to the ring. If possible, try to put the edge of the tape under the jewelry.
Now lather up your hand well. Twisting the ring, gently pull it down towards the nail. Once the scotch tape is underneath, the jewelry will come off your finger.
7. Wrap a string around your finger
This method is recommended by rescue workers. It can help if the other methods don’t work. You will need a paper clip and a strong, thin thread about 1 meter long. And also a little patience.
Take the paper clip and pull the thread through it, stretching it about 10 cm.
Carefully push the paper clip under the ring.
Some people recommend using a needle, not a paper clip, to pass the thread under the ring. But this is dangerous: you could accidentally puncture the skin and thus increase the swelling of your finger.
Remove the paper clip from the thread — it has done its task. Now hold the short end of the thread with the thumb of the hand on which you are wearing the ring. And with the other hand, wrap the long end tightly between the jewelry and the joint.
The part of the finger below the ring, closer to the nail, will swell even more in the process. Don’t worry, this is normal. After you have almost completely wrapped the long end of the thread on the finger, fix the rest of it between the middle and ring fingers.
With your free hand, take the thread by the upper end and start carefully pulling it out from under the ring, twisting it around your finger.
As you pull the thread out, the ring will slowly move toward the nail. With a little patience, it will slide off your finger.