Why Finger Cuts Tend to Hurt the Most

Why Finger Cuts Tend to Hurt the Most

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We can all relate to picking up a piece of paper and wincing hard when it leaves us with a sharp cut. Although shallow, these cuts can really hurt and you might be left feeling uncomfortable. 

But why do finger cuts hurt more than cuts on other parts of the body?

The answer lies in nerve endings. 

Let’s take an in depth look at the science behind these finger cuts, how to treat them and all the necessary first aid for cuts and wounds.

Why they hurt most

The human body is made up of hundreds of nerves that spread throughout, right from your head to your toes. In your hands, and especially your fingers, these nerve endings are densely packed together, making them more sensitive than other areas of your body.

There are a lot more pain receptors embedded in your fingertips, causing you to feel the pain manifold. Most finger cuts are not serious and they will heal in 2 to 3 days without any medical intervention. However, there are certain steps you can take to treat them.

How to treat a deep finger cut

By washing your hands as soon as you sustain the cut, you can prevent infection and clean the injury. Remember to be gentle and avoid separating the edges of the wound. Next, you must apply an antibiotic ointment to decrease risk of infection and scarring.

Finally, use a wound plaster to cover the cut. A wound left uncovered can cause harmful bacteria to enter the body. 

Be sure to follow all of the instructions mentioned above, including wearing a bandage for your finger cuts, and you should have no problem dealing with such injuries in the future.