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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?

PenguinBear Tue 12-Feb-13 19:34:28

I am so shocked that anyone thinks it is okay to tell someone to use superglue to mend a wound. hmm
Medical superglue yes, but the normal stuff no way.

I've always come to MN for sensible advice and have recommended this site to friends. Reading this thread had made me worried that A) anyone could dish out this advice and B) anyone could follow it. There are some vulnerable and fragile people on MN who could follow this advice and it not be a good outcome.

It's like saying its okay to take ecstasy as someone else has ad survived/ got high. Doesn't mean everyone will react the same and no-one should use superglue on a cut! sad

Dannilion Wed 13-Feb-13 09:03:09

Bit of an over-reaction in my opinion there penguin. Comparing superglue to an illegal drug that has been proven to kill or permanently damage hundreds of people hmm As others have said, it was initially designed for this purpose, and I don't really see the relevant danger in emotional fragile people, unless you mean self harmers gluing theirselves instead of visiting a&e. But my situation is clearly not that, and as a HCP I consider myself informed enough to determine whether a wound is deep enough to require stitches or not.

Sorry for the waffle but your excessive shock and concern over something so trivial on the Internet is more concerning than a mentally stable adult choosing to glue a small cut together.

And to the person that asked (sorry, it's on a different page now so I can't scroll back for your username) I just cleaned and dried the wound, squeezed a tiny bit of glue onto it, let it dry and then covered it. I changed the cover morning and night for the next 48 hours and viola, it has totally healed and I doubt I'll even be left with a scar. Obviously there's a tiny chance I could have had an unpleasant reaction to the glue, but I didn't.

PointeShoes Wed 13-Feb-13 09:12:38

Hmmm super glue hey. . . When I cut the back of my heals, (new shoes) I tried plasters and gel things but nothing worked until I found a type of glue that's meant to be put on and it drys just like super glue. Got it from boots but can't remember what it's called, was good though. Don't think I'd use normal superglue, just in case it burns or something scary

YulaBaker Wed 13-Feb-13 12:50:20

Nope, is for taking apart and making into lots of things.

NeverQuiteSure Wed 13-Feb-13 15:28:44

It was me who asked for the How To. Thanks, I think I might ask our pharmacist for some to keep in our first aid box, although on the occasions I have got normal superglue on my skin the first I have known about it is when I realise I'm stuck to whatever I've been gluing blush

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