It happens to the best of us, but what do you do when your ring turns extra tight very suddenly?
If you are reading this, you could have tried a tube of lube or a bar of soap to loosen your ring because it just feels too tight and uncomfortable too suddenly.
But before you look at the remedies, how about a look at the reasons for the sudden tightness?
5 Signs Your Ring is Too Tight. Have you had these problems before?
The human body is quite interesting; it adapts and changes rapidly depending on what’s going on with the rest of your body systems.
One of the things that tell you there is a change in your body is a change in the size of your finger.
Yes, in as much as your fingers always seem the same, the size of the fingers can change very overnight, and in some cases, the changes have nothing to do with age or obvious growth.
But why does it happen, do hot or cold showers, or even typing too much affect the size of your finger? And which are some of the signs you should be looking out for?
5 Signs of a ring that’s too right.
1.The ring isn’t turning.
Your ring should spin on the finger with very little effort, and it should move clockwise and counterclockwise.
If you realize that this isn’t happening, yet you are used to twisting your ring often, it obviously means that the ring is too tight.
The good news is that you shouldn’t freak out because you can easily resolve the tightness issue by icing your finger for about 10 minutes.
But if your ring steal feels stuck after icing, it could mean that the ring is too tight, and you may need other remedies.
2.You have a muffin top.
You’re likely familiar with the term ‘muffin top’ and the fact that it refers to the extra layer of skin and fat that bulges from your pants when the pants you are wearing are too small or if you’ve added some weight.
The same can happen to your ring finger, and you can tell that your ring is too tight if you notice a ballooning skin above or below the right, as your jeans would.
The ballooning tells you that the ring is too small.
3.You are unable to remove the ring.
Naturally, your ring won’t move, and you won’t be able to remove it if it’s too right.
If you cannot move the ring upwards, it means that the ring is too tight, and the only remedy for this is to get the ring resized.
But since the ring needs to be off your finger before it’s resized, you have to work on removing it.
Try icing the finger, use some olive oil or lotion to remove it from the finger, and make sure you do it as soon as possible.
4.Tingling in your fingers
After wearing a ring for a long time, the ring almost always feels like a part of you.
If, after some time, you realize that you can tell the finger the ring is on because of how the ring feels, it means that the ring is a little too tight for your finger’s safety.
Some of the things to watch out for include tingling of your fingers, your finger feeling noticeably cooler than the rest of the fingers, and in worst cases, a bluish-white skin tone on the skin.
5.The ring finger flat out hurts.
Pain often signals some form of trouble. So, if you have pain in your finger, even if there is no indentation, no tingliness, and no issues removing the ring with just enough effort, it means that there is a cause of alarm, and you need to take action.
Oftentimes, a painful finger that catches your attention, mostly with just pain, signals that the ring could be a wrong fit for you.
So, if you have had to deal with any of these issues, it means that your ring is a little too tight, and you’d want to resize it immediately (once you remove it safely).
And if some of the remedies above like icing the finger, use of olive oil, lotion, or lube doesn’t work, you could seek professional or medical attention, especially if you are in pain.
Besides getting the ring resized, you could opt for alternative ring materials like silicone, which is not only comfortable but also flexible, meaning you won’t have to worry about the ring fitting correctly over time.
Why are my rings suddenly tight?
Now that we all know what to look out for when unsure about the ring’s tightness let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your ring is suddenly tight.
Weather changes affect your rings, making the expand or shrink – the fingers shrink in cold weather because the blood vessels constrict, making the ring looser, while warm, humid weather causes the expansion of the blood vessels, allowing more heat to escape through the skin, consequently causing the hand to swell, and the ring to be too tight suddenly.
Changes in weather are the most common reason for sudden ring tightness.
The other common cause of your ring’s tightness could be allergies.
An allergy causes your fingers to swell up, and the inflammation results in the enlargement of the finger and tightness of the ring.
Weight gain is another very common cause of swollen fingers and, subsequently, the tightness of the ring.
If you have a muffin top on the finger and you’ve added some weight from the first time you wore the ring, you might want to work on a weight-loss strategy.
Arthritis is the medical condition that results from the tear and wear of your joints.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it causes a number of noticeable symptoms, including inflammation, which causes the swelling and tenderness of the finger as blood circulation is restricted, creating an uncomfortable tightness around the ring finger.
At the same time, arthritis also causes enlargement of the knuckles, which would occasionally make the ring difficult to remove, something that can be very frustrating.
This is the other reason for the sudden tightness of your ring, and it results from the use of certain medications or illnesses.
Edema results in the accumulation/ trapping of fluid in body tissues like the feet, legs, hands, arms, and ankles.
Some of the causes of Edema include pregnancy, medications, and health conditions like kidney disease, heart failure, or liver cirrhosis. The good news is that swelling from Edema is often temporary.
6.Temporary Fingers Swelling
The other thing to keep in mind is that your fingers will swell on occasion, just because, and most people live with it, especially because you can remove the ring temporarily.
But be wary if the swelling is too common and often uncomfortable, especially if you notice/ sense some irritation or tingling.
If your finger is broken, it will swell, and if the injury isn’t resolved, it could result in a deformity, which is why placing your ring over the broken knuckle will be very painful and impossible even.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome falls under this category too.
8.Exercise – your fingers may swell during your workouts.
How to deal with problems when your rings suddenly tight?
Why is your ring too right, and how do you prevent it from getting stuck?
1.Ring size adjuster
This adjuster will fold around the band’s inside, and in case the ring feels too tight, you’d have to adjust the adjuster for the ring to fit comfortably.
2.Split Vinyl Tube
Also called ring snuggies, ring snugs, or the ring size reducers, these tubes help to make the ring more comfortable by attaching to the ring’s lower shank.
It reduces the ring size and works for rings of different sizes.
3.Nail polish and waterproof tape
For this, you’d have to cut out a strip of the waterproof first-aid tape across the tape’s width, making sure that the tape is narrower than the ring.
Next, peel of the plaster, then stick it to the ring shank. You may have to tape it throughout the length of the ring, depending on the ring’s looseness.
Try out for different sizes, and once the size is right, you will apply clear nail polish over its opt and the sides of the tape. Allow it to dry through the night.
4.Cutting it off
This is often a common last-step/ strategy used when all other strategies fail. For this, you may need to get help from the paramedics – just keep in mind that the ring is not the paramedics’ priority here.
If water retention is a result of health matters like water retention, you may want to incorporate healthier food options, including fruits and vegetables, fennel and celery, dandelion greens, as well as teas like chamomile, peppermint, and ginger teas.
The other remedies include the use of:
- Dental or cotton floss
- Silicone adhesives in the ring
Permanent solutions include:
- The small bead inserts
- Leaf, horseshoes, or butterfly spring bars
- Expandable and the adjustable shank
There you have it! If you are trying to figure out why your ring feels tight suddenly and what you need to do to resolve the issue, the tips shared above will help you overcome the problem with much ease.
But don’t forget to make healthy adjustments if the swelling is caused by something you can avoid.