How to Remove Rings From Swollen Fingers by Michele Rolla

‘Tis the season! If you think about it, this expression doesn’t need to be reserved for the winter season. All seasons are seasons for parties.

Everyone loves a good party, right?

Parties are surrounded by great foods and drinks and we all put in a lot of effort to look and feel our best when attending. What do you do when you get home and find out that all of your indulgences have made it nearly impossible to take off your rings?

There is no need to worry. No need to struggle. We have put together a few safe and effective methods to share with you how to take off your rings.

Don’t Do This

Many times, swelling to fingers is temporary, especially after salty foods and lack of proper hydration. Do not apply force. This will result in more swelling.

If your finger is swollen due to an injury you may want to give your doctor a call first.  If your finger has lost feeling and has turned purple or another abnormal color then you should seek immediate medical attention.

How to Remove Rings From Swollen Fingers

Even if you didn’t overindulge, the simple act of wearing a ring for a long time can make it difficult to get it off your finger.  Some medical conditions will promote swelling too. Let’s review a few techniques to help reduce your swelling.

Reduce the Swelling

  • Apply ice for 15 minutes or soak your swollen finger in cold water
  • Keep your hand elevated above chest level
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication


A few household items will double as safe and effective lubricants and help your ring slide off your finger.

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Butter
  • Cooking oil or cooking spray
  • Baby oil
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Hair shampoo or conditioner

Try applying one of these to your finger and then gently try to slip your ring off.

As a Last Resort

Unfortunately, if all else fails then you might have to have the ring cut off from your finger. It requires a special tool so do not attempt this on your own. A professional jeweler or an emergency room can help.

Shop Your Size

Preventive is key. Have your fingers measured and shop your size. You won’t feel good if your ring is too tight.

Are you ready for a new ring? Check out these unique, never to be repeated designs. Your new ring is calling your name.

While you’re shopping for your new ring, be sure to browse other wearable art too, perhaps a new bracelet and or a new necklace.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Now that you have your dazzling new ring, wear it proudly. Eat, drink, and be merry while wearing your fabulous jewelry. If you find your ring is stuck on your finger, then follow our tips to easily take it off.

We hope you found this article informational. Read our other blogs or read more about Roni Downey, the artist, and jewelry maker.