Help! Cut finger, gauze is stuck! Not for the squeamish.

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slinkyjojee Wed 10-Jun-20 14:45:47

Posting here for traffic. Will post pic below so look away if you can’t handle blood. I cut a chunk out of my thumb last night with a brand new knife (idiot, I know!) it’s about 7mm and I didn’t think it was worth a trip to minor injuries. It’s now nearly 24 hours later and it’s still bleeding a lot! I put gauze on it before bandaging It last night and I can’t get it off. I’ve tried everything, I’ve soaked it in warm salt water for 2 hours, even tried olive oil! How do I get the gauze off without it hurting so much? Do I have to just rip it? Please help! The chunk I cut off was literally on the chopping board after I did it, there’s nothing to stitch. I’m not sure what to do? It hurts like hell. I’m on blood thinners because I’m pregnant which probably explains the excessive bleeding.

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slinkyjojee Wed 10-Jun-20 14:47:58

Any advice would be so appreciated, thanks!

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Mooey89 Wed 10-Jun-20 14:49:14

You need to go to minor injuries or your practice nurse I think!!

Sandybval Wed 10-Jun-20 14:49:14

Have you phoned your GP? Here they are doing phone consultations and you can send photos or do a video call, if it's still bleeding now I would see if they can advise.

MoveOnTheCards Wed 10-Jun-20 14:50:45

Christ. If you cut it enough for a chunk to land on the chopping board and it’s still bleeding like that 24h later you really should go to minor injuries!

I would have suggested the water soak to get the gauze off. Sorry not to be more helpful!

1990shopefulftm Wed 10-Jun-20 14:51:58

I d go to minor injuries, if you re on blood thinners and the bleedings not stopping it d be a good idea to get it looked at.

theyoungandtherestless Wed 10-Jun-20 14:52:39

Go to a pharmacy for advice, you're probably at risk of infection.


ChazsBrilliantAttitude Wed 10-Jun-20 14:53:19

Go and get it seen to. It’s not healing up on its own.

HappyHammy Wed 10-Jun-20 14:54:09

the nurse will cut around that gauze and soak the stuck bits off, it might need glueing, a pressure dressing or something to help stop the bleeding, ask for one of those plastic finger protectors too, if they don't have them you can buy them in a chemist.

TinnedPearsForPudding Wed 10-Jun-20 14:54:42

Really sorry but I would just pull it off (I'm a nurse practitioner in an Urgent Care Centre). Gauze is a bugger for sticking like this. Yep, it will hurt but it's got to come off. Pharmacy won't do anything other than advise you to go to a UCC

HappyHammy Wed 10-Jun-20 14:55:15

if you can tolerate it maybe you could just wrap another small piece of non adhesive gauze around it loosely and cover it up with a plastic glove if you have one just for the journey

TokyoSushi Wed 10-Jun-20 14:55:45

Oooooh OP! I'd agree, that definitely needs attention!

iwilltaketwoplease Wed 10-Jun-20 14:56:42


Gently pull it off while it's in warm water, have you got any dettol ? If so put a little bit in the water too. If it's pissing with blood after then definitely get it sorted professionally.

QuestionableMouse Wed 10-Jun-20 14:57:36

Keep your hand above your heart for a few minutes. Should help to stop the bleeding.

You need proper medical care though so need to head to a walk in.

loopykay Wed 10-Jun-20 15:06:45

If you are on blood thinners then you should of been advised that anything like this should be taken very seriously and you should seek medical attention NOW. Do it.

Nottherealslimshady Wed 10-Jun-20 15:13:09

Minor injuries, defo, i really think it should have stopped bleeding by now. if it's not coming off when wet then it must be healing around the gauze fibres?

Isthisfinallyit Wed 10-Jun-20 15:13:54

Yeah, you need a professional if it keeps bleeding after 2 hours or so, since it's been a day you might want to get a move on. It needs to stop bleeding.

Lordfrontpaw Wed 10-Jun-20 15:15:55

I’d try to get it seen to be honest if it’s still bleeding (well heavily not like an open scab) - is your doctor Skyping now?

I did similar (with a scalpel) and had a sling as a bandage (at work and that’s all they had). It too got stuck and I soaked it off but it took ages - no rush to get it off. I seem to remember it all came off after a day or so (so the the flap of finger that had been hanging on a feet a few days when it all dried up).

(Sorry about the grossness).

Lordfrontpaw Wed 10-Jun-20 15:17:33

On blood thinners - yes you will bleed like a good un then. Mum had thin blood and would cut herself when cooking and it would look like Carrie.

slinkyjojee Wed 10-Jun-20 15:20:50

Thank you for all of the replies! I’ve been on the phone to the nurse at our GP practice. Apparently I need to soak it in COLD salt water. Trying that now, she’s calling back in 10 minutes.

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WhatDidHeSay123 Wed 10-Jun-20 15:21:24

Soak it in warm soapy waters

Elephantonascooter Wed 10-Jun-20 15:21:31

Omg go and see someone!!!

WhatDidHeSay123 Wed 10-Jun-20 15:22:03

That's what I said.

Cold salty water.

Lockheart Wed 10-Jun-20 15:25:17

If the cut is sufficiently bad that there was a chunk of flesh on your chopping board you need it seeing to properly. I'm glad you've called the nurse but when she phones back please emphasise how bad it is.

And please don't put olive oil or anything else except clean water or antiseptic creams on wounds.

MichaelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 10-Jun-20 15:38:52

Thanks all. We're moving this over to the General Health section now - which contains the disclaimer:

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Hope you get it sorted OP flowers

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