Cuts on your fretting fingers
Got a nasty cut on the pad of my ring finger-
screwed up and slipped while making dinner.
It happens to be exactly where the string contacts the finger.
Ok, so I get at least a week off to mix or program music or whatever.
Besides laying off and letting it heal, anyone have anything special they do or product they use that they feel helps the process? Cut was immediately cleaned with peroxide, neosporin applied and clean bandage twice a day.
I use butterfly bandages to keep it closed, then band- aid.
Letting it get some air too, just afraid of catching it on anything and ripping it further.
Once it basically heals, i'll use super glue to try to keep the excess skin closed and around until I can grow the callous back.
So, any tips or tricks from tb folks?
oh, pic of the damage:
Oh, I got one of those a few weeks ago. Cut myself on a tin can.
I just played on through. Its all healed up now.
Rub some dirt on it and get back to work ya bum.
We've probably all done this at some point. What I've done is to lay off practice for awhile but also just practice without using that finger. If your finger makes contact with the fretboard even when not fretting though I'd just say take a break.
Yeah, wish I could play through but it's all the way through the pad, actually squirted blood on the ceiling like a popped grape when i cut it. Damn new knives...
i'd just wonder if that neosporin commercial about the week comparison in treated/ untreated is for real...
My remedy is just superglue it from the get go. Has always worked well and it shortens the recovery time.
If you got into the fat layer you might want to visit a doc. You don't want to get any bad bacteria deep in there and the initial cut may have done that. Think microscopic bit of rotting food percolating under the cut that you just superglued shut. Better safe than sorry, go to the doc.
At one point many years ago I sliced the pad completely off of the same finger. It required a hospital trip. That finger is thinner than the same one on the other hand now and has a weird rounded scar (and no fingerprint) but otherwise no lasting damage. It was a painful few days though.
I do this way too often.
What I do is cut off the flap of epidermis with fingernail clippers so it won't hang on anything, then I put a band aid on the fingertip and wrap it twice with electrical tape so I can still play guitar/bass and work.
Thanks for the input guys,
I have been waiting to glue it to make sure there is no infection. It hurt for a few days but now is only tender to pressure, so I think it'll be ok, guess I'm on the right track with cleaning and in a day or two glue.
If you have any lacquer thinner laying around, put some in a shallow bowl and dunk the cut for about 5 minutes. It will burn like fire but it will dry that puppy up good enough for CA (super glue) to close it right up. You should be able to play on it like that but you may need to wrap it with some friction tape like bloodhammer said. Unless it's way into the meat drying it out real good and CA should put you right back in the game. It might be tender for a minute but it should be OK to play without coming open.
Cool trick, I have plenty of that around since my wife is a painter.
I'll give it a try when I'm ready to glue it shut in a day of two..
Sometimes one of these will get a little too friendly and get my fretting fingers.
(not mine, just a photo online)
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Neosporin is awesome stuff! Keep it covered and keep newsprint on it. If its an issue by gig time, super glue it.
I had an incident at thanksgiving once, and damn near regrew most of a fingertip thanks to that stuff!
Suck it up, embrace the pain and when the audience sees the blood all over your neck they'll fall down and worship you like the bass god you are.
Just wanted to report back that cleaning and using neosporin twice a day has made this close up miraculously fast.
lost a chunk of the pad, but only one week and it's completely closed, just a touch of scab left so i should be back to building it up in a day or two. I never went the glue route, just laid off using that finger and cut away the excess skin once it dried up
and I knew it was gonna go either way.
Thanks again for everyones input!
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