Considering how much our hands do on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that they’re going to get some minor injuries from time-to-time. You’re not going to run to the doctor or hospital every time you get a little cut, which is why it’s so important to learn how to treat certain minor finger injuries at home. Not only can it save you time and money, but it can also prevent the issue from getting worse. Keep reading for some basic tips on how to treat minor finger injuries.
Determine if it’s Truly a Minor Injury
As stated above, you don’t want to run to the doctor or hospital for any little thing, but you also don’t want to be someone who lets everything go, especially if it’s a finger injury that’s more major than minor. For example, if it’s a severe (or even questionable) burn, you break your finger, all or part of a finger was amputated, something large is stuck in your finger, your finger is stuck in something, or you’re bleeding profusely, those are very legitimate reasons to put down whatever you’re doing and head to the hospital. If your finger is not a color it should be, anything is exposed, you’re having horrible pain, your finger is misshapen, it won’t stop bleeding, or there’s anything protruding, it’s not something you want to mess with. However, if it’s something like a splinter or a paper cut, it’s a minor finger injury you can treat at home.
Stopping Bleeding on a Minor Wound
If you need to stop bleeding on a minor finger injury, use something clean, such as a rag, to apply pressure to the area. You’ll then want to flush the minor wound with cool, fresh water, then wash the area with soap and more fresh water. While washing, there’s no need to scrub, scrape, pull, or pick; gentle circular motions will do. Once the area is free of soap and any debris, pat it dry with a clean towel. You’ll then want to apply an antibiotic cream, such as Neosporin, and apply a clean bandage. Reapply the cream and a new bandage as necessary according to the directions on the cream’s packaging.
Removing a Splinter
When it comes to removing a splinter from your finger, many have their own surefire method. Sometimes it involves tweezers or maybe a sewing needle, other times it might involve baking soda. Personally speaking, there are two methods that have never failed: Duct tape and tweezers. For more superficial splinters, put a piece of Duct tape over the splinter, press down, then pull up the tape. If the splinter is in deep, then slant tip tweezers can be useful for removal.
Treating a Minor Burn
If you cook at home, chances are you’ll have a minor burn to deal with at some point if you haven’t already. The first thing you’ll want to do is put the minor burn under running water. If you can submerge it, even better, then let it sit for about ten minutes. Should you have any jewelry on, such as rings or bracelets, remove them. You’ll also want to take a pain reliever as soon as possible. Once those ten minutes are up, pat the area dry, apply a little aloe vera, put a piece of gauze over it, then wrap it with a light bandage. Do not pop any blisters that form.
Regardless of the type of minor finger injury you have, you’ll want to keep a close eye on it to ensure that it doesn’t get worse. Also, if you’re not exactly sure whether the injury is minor or something more severe, your best bet is to not take any chances and call your doctor, 911, and/or head to a hospital.