Home Remedies for Paper Cuts

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Who would have thought that something that looks so harmless could produce such a sting? It’s inevitable that you will suffer at least one (if not hundreds of) paper cuts in your lifetime. To provide instant relief and encourage healing, it’s suggested to become familiar with home remedies for paper cuts.

What is a Paper Cut?

A paper cut is a small yet painful slice to the skin. Paper cuts come from paper or a similarly thin material, such as aluminum foil, sheet plastic, boxes, cardboard, and packaging materials. Since the cuts are shallow, the surrounding skin tends to close up quickly. However, foreign particles are known to get trapped inside the skin and cause problems.

Causes and Symptoms /h2>

The cause of pain associated with a paper cut comes from the different pain receptors found in the concentrated area of affected skin. The pain intensifies because a paper cut doesn’t bleed much or if at all. Because of this, the pain receptors are exposed to the air and this causes more pain than expected. To make matters worse, the paper fibers and any chemicals used to coat the paper can cause further irritation [1].

Paper Cut Home Remedies

A slice to the skin can strike at any time. However, you can stay prepared by knowing what home remedies for paper cuts can provide quick relief. A couple of suggestions include:

a) Mint Tea Bag:

Mint has the power to soothe a paper cut. Warm a mint tea bag in boiling water and after it has cooled off, apply to a paper cut. Some people have even soaked their finger in a dish of cooled mint tea.

b) Aloe Vera:

If you have an aloe plant at home, you’re in luck – simply break off a leaf and squeeze some of the gel onto your paper cut. This will ease discomfort, as well as encourage repair of the skin.

c) Petroleum Jelly:

Use petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, to treat a paper cut. This home remedy works because it coats the cut and prevents air from irritating the exposed tissue.

d) Nail Polish:

After cleaning your paper cut, apply clear nail polish as a sealant. While it doesn’t make your cut heal any faster, it is a quick fix for protection against air and germs.

e) Hydrogen Peroxide:

Clean your paper cut and fight bacteria with hydrogen peroxide.

f) Band-Aid:

Keep a paper cut clean by covering it up with a Band-Aid.

g) Warm Water:

To prevent infection of a paper cut, gently run warm water over your finger for at least one minute.

h) Tape:

To close a deep paper cut, push both of the edges together and apply a small strip of surgical tape. This method offers more support and adhesive than a Band-Aid. Make sure that the tape is positioned perpendicular to the paper cut.

i) Krazy Glue:

Some people have held their skin together by using Krazy Glue. According to an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Cornell Medical Center – using the super glue is not harmful. Although it stings when first put onto the skin, it can be used to prevent irritation that comes with exposure to the open air.

Resources

[1] http://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/paper-cuts/

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  • jason

    u could just put achahol and it may burn but no infectintions will coe and after dat wrap it in tape or a water proof bandage or a regular one

  • jason

    u could just put achahol and it may burn but no infectintions will come and after dat wrap it in tape or a water proof bandage or a regular one

  • jason

    u could just put achahol and it may burn but no infectintions will coe and after dat wrap it in tape or a water proof bandage or a regular one lol

  • Zach

    Hello! I would just like to say, you shouldn’t use nail polish. Alot of nail polish contains formaldehyde, which isn’t exactly something you should want in your body.

  • Alexis

    You can hold under cold water for a minute and then put a piece of surgical tape or a band aid!!

    Hope this helped!