First aid

Updated 09 February 2015

Removing a ring

Are you struggling to remove a ring from your finger? Follow these steps.

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Are you struggling to remove a ring from your finger? Follow these steps:
  • Hold the finger in cold and soapy water and attempt to remove it over the slippery skin.
  • If this is not successful, push a piece of string (preferably dental floss) under the ring from the finger’s side towards the hand, and pull a third of the length through.
  • Wind the end closest to the ring tightly around the finger, starting at the widest part of the finger, and working towards the fingernail. Each wrap should lie tightly side-to-side.
  • Pull the other end of the string and start unwrapping it until the ring passes the knuckle.
 

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