Home > Medical > First aid > Removing foreign objects 29 June 2005 Removing a ring Are you struggling to remove a ring from your finger? Follow these steps. 0 Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre How to save a choking child 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. More in Medical First Aid: How to remove a fishhook More: First aidRemoving foreign objects SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Does ADHD make you cleverer? Medical Double arm transplant recipient thanks doctors News Why is doctors' handwriting so bad? Diet and nutrition The poisons and heavy metals in our food – part I Medical Steer clear of cold medicine for babies Lifestyle Women's low libido not only blamed on menopause From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health. Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins All you need to know about vitamins Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.