Originally Posted by krichardson
I wouldn't recomend anyone using superglue to fix cuts. My ex-boyfriend did that when he sliced his thumb on a broken window and didn't have any insurance. Now he has an ugly bump on the side of his thumb where the superglue was. Every now and then he gets it caught on something and tries to rip the bump off. He hates the way it looks. The superglue did heal however. Guess it's up to you if you don't care what it looks like!
You're right, krichardson, if it's not done right, it can leave a bump. One of my sons has fixed a couple of cuts himself since he's moved from home and one is a little lumpy. It's very hard to to this on yourself neatly, especially if it's on your hand. But he had no insurance either and didn't want to pay for an ER trip.
A surgeon showed me years ago and said that while the glue won't hurt you, it doesn't absorb into the body so you don't want to put it into the cut or it will heal with a lump (and burn like fire for a second). You align the edges of the cut carefully and then put the glue in a thin line on the top of the skin, holding it firmly until it dries. After it dries, you can put butterfly bandages on top also if it's in a place that bends a lot. But obviously it's for lacerations that aren't really serious. If in doubt, always
see a doctor.