If you accidentally cut yourself and don't have access to band aids, gauze or even a butterfly kit, look for some super glue. You can use super glue for cuts in a pinch so that the wound heals and doesn't get infected. This is a permanent fix for cuts that are less than an inch deep and an inch wide. Using super glue on these kind of cuts will keep you out of the doctor's offices as well.
Things You'll Need
- Super glue
- Some sort of cloth
- Water (if handy)
Stop the blood for the most part. Take a rag, paper towel, extra napkins, your shirt or whatever you have. Apply direct pressure to the area and if possible raise that part of your body above your chest. Apply the type of pressure you'd apply to a thumb tack when you're putting it into a wall.
Once the blood slows significantly, you're ready to close the wound. If you have the water, now would be a good time to use it. Pour the water over the open cut as this will clean it. If you don't have any, that's OK also. Squeeze the two sides of the cut together.
While holding both sides of the cut, add a small bead of super glue down the entire length of the cut. Hold cut closed for 3 minutes while the glue dries. If there was excess blood, repeat the process. The glue will stop most of the bleeding and it will close most cuts needing stitches.
Tips & Warnings
- If you can't handle squeezing the cut, or if it's too large, you might need someone else to help you.
- If your super glue has closed or sealed itself, the best way to correct this is to cut the tip off.
- The size of the cut will depend how much super glue you need.
- Stop squeezing the tube before you get to the end. It's better to not have enough, than to try and clean up excess.
- Super glue has the habit of clogging in the tube so make sure it is open.
- Don't get the super glue anywhere near your mouth.
- When you are squeezing the tube, super glue will continue to flow even after you have stopped squeezing.
- For all cuts with excessive blood and large quantities of flesh showing, see a doctor immediately. The super glue can still be used, but for cuts such as these it is only a temporary fix.
- This will only work for cuts up to an inch deep; any deeper may mean that you've injured more than just skin and it truly should be looked at.
- Don't use this method on cuts wider than an inch. It is not feasible to think that you can squeeze together a cut of that width.
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