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To just superglue my own wound and get on with my day?

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Dannilion Mon 04-Feb-13 13:33:36

I was the clumsiest person in England until I got PG, now I'm probably the clumsiest person in the world!

This morning I sliced about an inch into my middle finger with an incredibly sharp bread knife , downwards..sort of following the nail if that makes sense. in my defence the knife was brand new and I'm used to cutting things with the equivalent of a butter knife! Anyways the bleeding stopped after about an hour and I've given it a lovely dettol clean. It's a teensy bit flappy and I think it could benefit from being glued together but cannot bear the thought of 6 hours in a&e.

DP thinks I should just superglue it together and dress it myself as I'm a nurse. But it's not really the same, I'm a MH nurse so rarely come across bread knife injuries!

So yeah...WWYD?

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 04-Feb-13 14:26:22

The medical stuff doesn't have formaldehyde in it Dannilon is correct. However, as the last 10 tubes I bought were £6 each for a 2g tube it's not gold dust. The Formaldehyde pickles your skin and is a potential carcinogenic so not so good.
Steristrips scare less and as it's stop bleeding I would go for them.
Superglue is crap on ears due to the profuse bloods supply it can't get purchase to adhere properly.

NotSoNervous Mon 04-Feb-13 14:26:56

Go to your GP don't they do things like that there

sparklyjumper Mon 04-Feb-13 14:30:25

Why not go to your pharmacist they will dress it for you.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 04-Feb-13 14:31:31

I would go for steristrips from the chemist, some gauze and a load of micropore tape. Don't unbandage it for ages <squeamish>

NaturalBaby Mon 04-Feb-13 14:31:59

Ew to pickled skin.
I took my newborn with me when my finger needed supergluing - we were out quite quick! I had steristrips but they were too think and just got soaked in blood then fell off.

cumfy Mon 04-Feb-13 14:34:28

Give it a go though

Yeah go on.

Those "medics" with their "Medical Degrees", hospitals, and medical grade products, it's all a

Reaa Mon 04-Feb-13 14:39:18

How about getting the steri strip things?

andubelievedthat Mon 04-Feb-13 14:40:48

superglue for me ! and my fella says at work its often used , boss stops wages for time away at hosp/piss taken re any injury where an ambulance is not required /macho enviroment>yes it was 1st developed for warfare use >if i may ask?>stepawayfromtheEcclesCakes>how and why? was cat ok ?

feministefatale Mon 04-Feb-13 14:41:18

Proper super glue can cause burns. I'd use it if I was stuck in a trench but not if I was home and had access to a docto's office.

andubelieve it was an accident of course, he was glueing a chip from a vase back on and put the tube down, cat came up for a nosey stood on the tube DH grabbed it to move it away but got his hand covered and the rest is history. Yes the cat was fine he held her tight to stop her from pulling fur out and I was quick to the rescue with the nail scissors to free them both. he did look attractive with a clump of cat fur on his fingers grin sounds much more dramatic than it actually was.

hopenglory Mon 04-Feb-13 14:49:41

I would go with the superglue option. Not saying that anybody else should, but I would

lashingsofbingeinghere Mon 04-Feb-13 15:54:17

I had a very similar injury once from cutting up a huge cabbage.

I just cleaned the wound then pressed the flap of skin/flesh back over the wound and bound it very tightly (but not so finger went blue grin) then left it several days.

I have a faint v-shaped scar now - the skin seemed to knit back together very neatly without glue, stitches, steri strips or anything else. HTH.

thebitchdoctor Mon 04-Feb-13 16:01:23

Get some steristrips and a bandage from the chemist for crying out loud!

cumfy Tue 12-Feb-13 14:34:16

Did you glue it ?
How's it healing ?

WhatALark Tue 12-Feb-13 14:42:03


I thought the thread title was metaphorical. Really, you can super-glue yourself back together?

Every day is a school day on MN.

Jenny70 Tue 12-Feb-13 16:29:00

My concern is not for the wound, but for the possibility of supergluing yourself to something else...<voice of experience>

YulaBaker Tue 12-Feb-13 17:00:16

Why the actual fuck would someone glue lego? confused

Twattybollocks Tue 12-Feb-13 17:07:34

I would superglue it. I swear by the stuff, have a tube in the first aid kit and one in the horses first aid kit too!

DontEvenThinkAboutIt Tue 12-Feb-13 17:33:58

I would have thought that a bandage would do the job ok.

BalloonSlayer Tue 12-Feb-13 18:05:34

Why the actual fuck would someone glue lego?

To stop the floods of tears and stress when your DC tries to play with his mega-expensive x-wing fighter lego models and they come apart and no one can remember how they go back together, cue further hysteria, all performed to the background song of [parents only] "It's a model. Not a toy. "

NeverQuiteSure Tue 12-Feb-13 18:18:12

Wow, I had no idea you could superglue cuts closed. I need to know more: Can I use any old cheapie superglue or will my pharmacist sell me the proper stuff? Do I hold the edges together and run the glue along the top of the cut, or literally glue the open edges together like with a broken toy? Does it sting like hell, and for how long?

IrrelevantElephant Tue 12-Feb-13 18:18:40

I had a top that was showing a bit too much side boob, so I superglued the top to my skin. IT BURNT LIKE FUCK. Actually scarred my skin. Surely super glue isn't the same as medical glue? I'd go A&E or get steristrips personally.

Dannilion Tue 12-Feb-13 18:42:47

Irrelevant - Haha, that sounds like something I'd do in a rush on my way out the door! Hope it healed ok.

Thanks for the advice ladies but as you can see I posted this 8 days ago and had already glued it. It's healed really well by the way smile

PipkinsPal Tue 12-Feb-13 18:50:24

After spending 4 hours in A&E when I cut my thumb on a corned beef tin, they dressed it with steri-strips. (I knew at the time I should have chosen to wait for the sausages to defrost!) I now have steri-strips in my first aid box and I'm damned careful with corned beef tins.

NeverQuiteSure Tue 12-Feb-13 19:16:46

Did you use normal glue Dannilion? How did you do it?

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