Am I Krazy (Glue)? Do-It-Yourself Wound-Closing
Wednesday morning, I sliced my thumb open on the razor edge of a saran wrap box as I was rushing to put something away. The cut was pretty long and not exactly shallow. I worried that I might need stitches, but then I remembered something about Virginia Postrel cutting her thumb, and somebody's suggestion that she close it with Krazy Glue.
I looked it up. And that's what I did. Seems to have worked. Here's blogger Terrierman on the details of the SuperGlue solution (Krazy, Super...I'm guessing they work just as well):
Dog men, construction workers, and midwives know that common off-the-shelf SuperGlue works well to close most small flesh wounds.
Superglue was first used by battle-field trauma surgeons in Vietnam to glue the edges of lacerated livers together (ever try to SEW a liver together?), and to stop bleeding in chest wounds that other wise could not be staunched.
Since then, it's been used in hospitals, dental offices and veterinary clinics around the world, and is now so common as to be unremarkable, though most just-plain-folks don't know about it.
...To begin with, flush all dirt and grime out of the wound with fresh water in a squeeze bottle. Once the wound is clean and moist, pull or push the wound closed while you "spot weld" the edges together with SuperGlue. You do not want to put the glue inside the wound -- you are closing up the top, not putting in deep sutures. Repeat your application of glue between the spot welds until the entire thing is closed up.
I squeezed some on a piece of paper, held the wound together, and touched my finger to the glue to cover the area. So far, seems to have worked!