HOW TO REMOVE A STUCK RING SAFELY
This information applies to all types of rings
A stuck ring can be the result of: wearing a ring that’s too small, arthritis of joints which can happen as your body changes over the years, changes in temperature, exercise, weight gain, insect bite or trauma
Never try to remove the stuck ring forcefully as it will cause further swelling and make it even harder to remove
1. Try to Reduce the Swelling of Skin
· Elevate your hand overhead for 5-10 minutes
- This should be followed by soaking your fingers in cold water (or even iced-water bath for a few minutes). This will almost immediately reduce the swelling.
- Swelling of fingers is more pronounced in the morning, so ideally initiate the removal process in late afternoon or evening
2. Lubricate Your Finger
- Although reduction in swelling is fairly helpful, you can also add lubrication to facilitate the removal – for example, vaseline, window cleaners (make sure it’s safe on skin, read the bottle first), hair conditioner/shampoo, cooking spray, soft butter, or cooking oil, soap and water, baby oil
- Apply copious amounts of lubricant and gently move your ring sideways in rolling fashion. You may feel a little pressure or discomfort but with little persistence, you can successfully remove the ring
3. Use Dental Floss or Tape
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Many people are concerned that, should an injury happen to your finger, a titanium ring will cause more damage than other types of rings. However:
- Rings made from other metals, for example, silver or gold, are more likely to cause greater damage as they may crack.
- We have been manufacturing titanium rings for 25 years and are not aware of any trauma caused involving titanium ring that has caused permanent damage, or amputation of a finger (a common misconception). We have consulted a number of Critical Care Paramedics who have a minimum of 10 years experience each and they have all confirmed this.
- All hospitals have equipment to remove a titanium ring as titanium is used in different medical procedures such as pins in orthopaedic surgery.
If you experienced any trauma to your finger we strongly suggest you seek medical attention.
RING SIZE: Determining your ring size is one of the most important parts of ordering a custom designed titanium ring. We advise against using an online ring sizer or paper strip as these are unreliable and will not help you determine an accurate ring size.
We prefer that you visit a reputable jeweller to get your ring size. Please let the jeweller know that the ring will have a comfort fit as this might affect the size slightly. Also, let the jeweller know what width the ring will be so that they can take that into account. If you have an existing ring in the same width and fit you are planning to buy, ask the jewelers to measure the inside diameter of this ring. That way you will know exactly what size to order your new ring in.
When it comes to rings there’s no such thing as a perfect fit. The ring must be comfortable most of the time. Temperature, diet, activities, etc all affect our finger size. A good fit is when a ring fits easily over your knuckle, you should be able to get it on without struggle and then have a slight pull or twist at the knuckle when removing it.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding the fit – we can refer you to one of our reliable jewellers and give you advice.