Sticky Stitches

While “cooking” chili dogs last night (Yay for Homel!), I quite clumsily got cut on the food can’s rim. Even though not terribly painful, the gash was semi-deep so it required lots of pressure and ice. Three Band-Aids later, I was able to eat my dinner and enjoy watching Hugo. Ten minutes into the movie, my husband said: “You know, you could have used superglue, right?”

Right? No. I had no idea. Well, come to find out, you can use superglue for small cuts, blisters and scrapes. Your regular super glue includes organic compounds such as  methyl 2-cyanoacrylate, ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate and n-butyl cyanoacrylate, which partakes in many vet glues. Also, these combinations are closely associated to 2-octyl cyanoacrylate, which has indeed been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for wound closure as the topical skin adhesive Dermabond.  While the FDA never acclaimed super glue itself for medical uses that might largely be due to the lack of studies on the matter, rather than the inefficiency of the product.

Basically, you hold together the cut and put a small amount of super glue from one end to the other – use a little, better to have less than to have to wipe off excess. The adhesive shouldn’t be used on larger wounds, but for smaller cuts the superglue actually stops the bleeding quickly and prevents scarring. While the fumes produced from the glue’s ingredients can be irritating, the slow degradation process of the actual compounds keeps the glue below the tissue toxicity threshold. One thing, to remember – superglue reacts to cotton and can cause burns, so regardless of use, keep the two separate:

Happy smart gluing!