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Old 24-03-2012, 11:15 AM   #1
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Wound Care Question - Dodgy "bandage". Wound(s). Stuck!

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I self harmed last night (i've cut my arm). I was drunk and don't really know the severity of the cuts because I can't remember much and it seems I used really tight tubi grip and items of clothing to wrap it up and whatever which is my problem because now it's really stuck and it really hurts.
You'd think by now I'd just be used to it but it hasn't been stuck like this for quite some time and I'm scared to get the stuff off because it hurts and I don't want it to hurt today.

So, yes, it's really tight and stuck (no longer bleeding, by the way) and I'm scared to pull it off.

Aside, from wetting it under the shower before removing the stuff, does anyone know of anything that will ease it off with as little pain as possible?

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Old 24-03-2012, 11:29 AM   #2
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I cant think of anything else that would do it
i think you are going to have to use the shower and try and get it off that way
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Old 25-03-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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How tight exactly was it put on?
As it can be dangerous if you put something on too tightly it can stop the circulation.
You would notice this if the fingers feel numb or go blue/purple.

Then it will be a medical emergency.

If your fingers are not numb or gone purple/blue. Then you should be ok, but remember tubi grip bandages are for sprains/strains NOT for cuts.

However for a cut that's stopped bleeding to really hurt, means it's infected.
Go to a walk in NHS place or A&E straight away.
They will remove the improvised bandage/etc probably under a local anesthetic depending how deep the cut was.
Clean the wound properly, re-dress it and give you something for the infection.

Next time for wounds I'd use: Salvon Alginate dressings, water repellant and are for deeper wounds that help prevent scarring.
Apart from online, I guess Boots or Superdrug would sell them.


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Old 25-03-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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Thankyou for both replies - I really appreciate them.

I got it sorted in the end and the wounds we're not as bad as i thought they might have been so i guess that's good.

I try not to stock bandages anymore because that's basically putting it into my head that i will self harm again and i just don't see much good in that for me but i really do need to look into it more because this bodge job was just too messy!

Thanks again :)
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