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GAH!  I cut my pinky w/ my chef’s knife!  

The tip of the knife caught the outside fleshy part, bleeding stopped &

I can freely move the finger so a trip to the doc is not needed,

but I will probably wear a band-aid this coming week.

 

After a quick (really quick) glance, I noticed a ‘flap’ of skin.

(momentary passout! ha)

 

My question to all the caregivers:

Do I cut the loose skin or leave it to adhere back to the finger?

(Shallow flap is about a 1/4-1/2 in long).

 

Obviously I haven’t had a minor boo-boo in a while.

I’m still shaky it could’ve been much worse.

I kick myself for having a dull knife & wet produce...I know better!

GAH, again!

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Re: 🔪🤕 OUCH! Need advice

Don't cut it;

 

Clean it, put some antibacterial ointment on it, and cover it!

 

 

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Re: 🔪🤕 OUCH! Need advice

leave it adhere and keep it bandaged, changing often

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Re: 🔪🤕 OUCH! Need advice

I had a similar experience and the Dr.  told me to cut it off and to use an antibiotic cream and a bandaid.  Also don't get the area wet for a few days.  Hope that this helps.

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When I sliced my thumb open I washed it out, DD put neosporine on it (after several washing and drying offs) and put a tight bandaide on it.  It needed changing often and should have been sutured, but I thought it was like a paper cut.  Each time I changed the pad, I cut a little of the skin off.  Somehow, it worked for us, but I have a very pretty scar there.

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Thank you all for responding (upthread & future posts, if any)!

I hope I don’t come off sounding like a baby! 😿

Those superficial wounds, especially on the hands, bleed alot

and hurt like the devil (papercuts anyone?), but still get woozy.

I’ll watch surgery on TV/YouTube, but when it’s your own...(faint)!

Why is that?  🧐

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@sidsmom wrote:

GAH!  I cut my pinky w/ my chef’s knife!  

The tip of the knife caught the outside fleshy part, bleeding stopped &

I can freely move the finger so a trip to the doc is not needed,

but I will probably wear a band-aid this coming week.

 

After a quick (really quick) glance, I noticed a ‘flap’ of skin.

(momentary passout! ha)

 

My question to all the caregivers:

Do I cut the loose skin or leave it to adhere back to the finger?

(Shallow flap is about a 1/4-1/2 in long).

 

Obviously I haven’t had a minor boo-boo in a while.

I’m still shaky it could’ve been much worse.

I kick myself for having a dull knife & wet produce...I know better!

GAH, again!


@sidsmom ..... I'm glad that's all that happened.  And, it's your pinky!  Clean it peroxide, antibactial ointment, cover it, and let it heal.  

 

If you had seen what I did to my thumb in June, you might have actually passed out.  Completely crushed it.  Shattered the bone and an open wound that required stiches on the top and bottom.  it was grotesque for a while.  After 2.5 months, the old nail is 3/4 off.  Bone is mostly healed now.  But thumb is still swollen, partly numb, partly pins and needles, and worst of all, hardly bends.  I need to find out what the next steps are to make it functional again.

 

So, again, clean it, cover it, and let it heal.  Be grateful that there wasn't major damage.  And, if there had been, you'd still have a fully functioning hand!  Oh, and next time, be careful with that knife!

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@sidsmom, they are a real pain in the...pinky. If you can, use waterproof bandages because you are constantly getting your hands wet.


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@sidsmom

A few years ago I caught my forearm on the corner of a piece of furniture (shaking a plastic trashbag open!).  There was a fairly deep gouge with a flap of flesh still attached.  No way I could possibly remove that flap, so I just cleaned the wound and put that flap of my precious flesh right back down where it belonged.  Kept it covered and applied antibiotic salve.  I thought maybe the flap would just protect the wound for a while and then fall off, but it took and grew right back onto the spot it had come from.  So I'm in favor of leaving a flap of skin right where it is. Mine was a lot more than just skin and it all worked out really well. Needless to say, I keep my distance from that piece of furniture lol.

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@sidsmom wrote:

Thank you all for responding (upthread & future posts, if any)!

I hope I don’t come off sounding like a baby! 😿

Those superficial wounds, especially on the hands, bleed alot

and hurt like the devil (papercuts anyone?), but still get woozy.

I’ll watch surgery on TV/YouTube, but when it’s your own...(faint)!

Why is that?  🧐


@sidsmom

 

For some reason I have a more difficult time seeing someone else's blood.  So I can't answer your question!

 

You might want to get the Neosporin that has "pain relief" written on the label.  It has saved me a number of times from the throb-throb=throb of a cut.