Thankfully enough, it happened three years ago, not today haha. Yes, as I was dicing onion I accidentally cut a very thin portion of the corner of my right thumb barely sparing the corner of my fingernail. It happened so fast, blood started to gush right away. It happened not because I’m using my left hand(I’m ambidextrous, by the way), but I think it was because I just got off the phone and I was upset about something. Lesson learned? Stir away from any kitchen activity that requires precision when you’re not in the right frame of mind.
So, what did I do? I didn’t panic, in fact I pressed the area with several pieces of paper towel and I started to look for the piece of skin that was sliced off. It was impossible to look for it, I threw away the onion. What got me nervous later on, was that, the blood won’t stop flowing and I realized I was taking aspirin that time. It finally stopped though. The next day, I went into panic mode because when I replaced the dressing, blood started to flow again. I had to go to the Emergency Room.
Try and be kind to your cut; here’s a list of what you can do:
- Don’t use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide because these can damage the tissue of the skin and delays healing.
- Press firmly with gauze or paper towel for five minutes.
- Antibiotic ointment should be applied and bandage snugly.
- The dressing should be in place for 48 hours; don’t replace it before the 48 hour period.
Go to the emergency room if the following occurs:
- The bleeding is persistent even after 15 minutes of steady pressure.
- The area hurts, numb and feels weak when it’s moved. A nerve or tendon, might be damaged.
- The cut is longer than 1 inch.
- There’s increasing redness, pain and yellow discharge.