Lifestyle July 16, 2016

Papercuts are the Worst

Woman applying a bandaid on her finger

We’ve all gotten a papercut at least a few times in our lives, and there’s just something about them that drives us all crazy.  Even though they’re usually pretty small cuts, they hurt!  We’re typically left wondering why, or how, can such a small cut be so painful?  Some scientists have suggested that the reason papercuts hurt so much is because they’re typically on your fingertips, and your fingertips have a lot of nerve endings in them which is why you FEEL more.  We’ve uncovered a few ways that have been found to help you avoid getting papercuts and how to soothe them properly.  Most of us have spent years trying to figure out how to avoid and soothe papercuts as quickly as possible, we finally have some answers!

Prep Your Skin
Many people have suggested that when you know you’re going to be filing a lot of papers or doing a lot with loose paper, to put a nice heavy hand cream on prior to doing so.  Those that have found this helpful in avoiding getting papercuts have said it’s because of the oils that are protecting your skin.  So if you have a day where you know you’re going to be around a lot of paper and shuffling a lot of it around, it’s worth trying to apply a heavy hand cream prior to getting started.  Hey – it’s worth a try, isn’t it?  Extra tip: those that use this method say to apply your hand cream very generously to avoid the cuts.

Soothing the Cuts
If you didn’t have a chance to apply the hand cream prior to dealing with paper and got a dreaded paper cut, we’ve discovered a few ways that have been found to soothe the cuts.  Aloe vera is said to be one of the best ways to soothe a paper cut.  If possible, applying the fresh aloe plant right to the cut is said to be the best but if you don’t have access to an aloe plant the gels that you can purchase at the stores are said to work great also.  Another way to soothe the papercuts is using mint tea bags.  Many people have found that warming a mint tea bag, then letting it cool and applying to  the cut area has given great relief to the users.  Additionally, if you want to soothe your papercut and avoid it from being continuously affected while it’s healing liquid bandages are suggested.  Liquid bandages are great because typically traditional bandages can be uncomfortable on your fingers so a liquid bandage gives you a little more flexibility but also lets your cut heal properly.

Let’s face it, we’re all a little embarrassed to admit how much papercuts actually hurt us because they are such small cuts.  But, we’re all in the same boat.  Thankfully, we now know of some easy ways to try to avoid getting a papercut in the future and soothing the areas so they don’t continuously bother us.

What have you found works with avoiding and/or soothing papercuts?

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