Why do papercuts sting as much as they do? And how can I treat the wound?
Have you ever asked yourself ‘why does this papercut sting so much?’ Well to answer this simply, the edge of a piece of paper is flexible but blunt. This means the cut is created by a drag and not cut clean; clean cuts occur with objects like a sharp straight edge knife. Cutting an object with something blunt will drag and pull, creating more damage than a sharp object, therefore creating a sting!
Our fingertips are very sensitive as they contain more nerve fibres (called nociceptors) than most of our other body areas. Cutting through these nerve fibres sends pain signals straight to your brain, giving you that sudden sting!
If you have ever cut your fingertip, you will know the cut does not heal easily or quickly. You cannot stop using your hands until your cut heals, but you can apply a dressing which will help the wound heal.
Leukoplast® Leukosan® strips are easy to apply and bring the skin edges together supporting wound closure. These strips allow the cut to heal and are gentle on the surrounding skin. Learn more here: https://www.leukoplast.co.uk/filter-for-needs/detail/product/leukoplast-leukosan-strip/s.html