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.
Try to reduce the swelling of skin by elevating your hand overhead for 5-10 minutes. This should be followed by soaking your fingers in cold water (or an iced-water bath for a few minutes). This will almost immediately reduce the swelling.
Swelling of fingers are more pronounced in the morning, so ideally initiate the removal process in late afternoon or evening.
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.
Use Dental Floss, string or tape
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.
TIJM has been manufacturing titanium rings for 25 years and are not aware of any trauma caused involving a 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 have experienced any trauma to your finger we strongly suggest you seek medical attention.