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12-11-2008, 02:04 PM
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Injury question..

Hey , yesterday I suffered a cut on my hand that left me with 5 stitches , I have a big tourament this weekend and must play , does anyone have and suggestions on what to do to reduce the pain and infection ? , thanks.

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Not playing would be the best idea. But I suppose if you bandage and tape it up really well it would be okay.

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Pain killers.
Second skin stuff or something to cover it will
tape
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Not playing is obviously the best idea.

But if you insist on playing, first of all, absolutely keep it covered up. Put a non-stick pad on it and cover it with tape. If you want to avoid infection you have to keep the germs away from it. If swelling is a problem, ice, ice, and more ice. And follow that up with some meds, in your case ibuprofen is probably a good choice.

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Wash hands well (3 minutes of rubbing) swab area with an alcohol pad. here comes the funny part.....pick up a tube of super glue. YES, BRAND NAME and no subsititute...draw a bead of it down the cut line, count out ten seconds and then quickly swipe a CLEAN finger along to spread it over the wound and stitches. give it another 20-30 seconds to dry. tap with a clean finger to make sure it is not still tacky before you cover with bandages.

This will give you a good barrier as well as help prevent pulling hte wound open again. reapply a coat if needed....

Super glue is what us machinists have relied on for years. better than a band aid any day and helps prevent reopening, especially on a knuckle or other area when you have to keep going and are using your hands. good for only superficial cuts or those deeper cuts that have had proper medical treatment. for you office type workers, it works great on paper cuts as well. Stops blleding instantly andeliminates that burn/painfull/ keep reopening nature of paper cuts.

Should you pull the stitching open majorly, know that you only have about 2-4 hours to get it repaired again by a doctor. After 3-4 the re-stitching will not help and you will have an ugly scar.

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Wash hands well (3 minutes of rubbing) swab area with an alcohol pad. here comes the funny part.....pick up a tube of super glue. YES, BRAND NAME and no subsititute...draw a bead of it down the cut line, count out ten seconds and then quickly swipe a CLEAN finger along to spread it over the wound and stitches. give it another 20-30 seconds to dry. tap with a clean finger to make sure it is not still tacky before you cover with bandages.

This will give you a good barrier as well as help prevent pulling hte wound open again. reapply a coat if needed....

Super glue is what us machinists have relied on for years. better than a band aid any day and helps prevent reopening, especially on a knuckle or other area when you have to keep going and are using your hands. good for only superficial cuts or those deeper cuts that have had proper medical treatment. for you office type workers, it works great on paper cuts as well. Stops blleding instantly andeliminates that burn/painfull/ keep reopening nature of paper cuts.

Should you pull the stitching open majorly, know that you only have about 2-4 hours to get it repaired again by a doctor. After 3-4 the re-stitching will not help and you will have an ugly scar.
Although super glue works great on an open cut, I wouldn't suggest it on a wound that is already stitched, you may even accidentally pull your stitches out with it. Just not a good idea. Try using some butterfly baddages to keep the stitches from pulling out and make sure that you have a good barrier between your cut and your glove as your glove is going to be full of all types of nasties. Maybe some triple antibiotic ointment and a streile wrap.

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its not a problem, Gino. This is a method that is recommended by many industrial medical centers for those who need to get back to work more quickly or immediately. It has also been used to secure stitched wounds in combat casualties who must be moved and are at high risk of reopening a wound. I personally have done this in performance of my duties as a combat medic.

In many civilian cases where stitches are still used, the doctor will apply a medical version of the superglue over the stitching to prevent re-opening. Provided the guy doesnt glue his finger down to the stitch's....dont stop the swipe motion to spread it evenly and most certainly do not stop and HOLD. Paticular attention to smothing the loose ends on the stitches will provide further protection from pulling a stitch while putting glove on or off or should on get knocked off your hand in play. The superglue provides one of the best(short term) barriers to infection as well.

Butterfly bandages will provide ZERO benefit once the skin starts to sweat as he plays. The only real benefit that the buttrfly bandage provides is in pre-treatment. The triple A, however, is a good idea.

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