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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?

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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?

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. "

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

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

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!

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

Why the actual fuck would someone glue lego? confused

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>

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.

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

Did you glue it ?
How's it healing ?

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 ?

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

How about getting the steri strip things?

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

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