Paper cuts

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    Oct 04, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    Why are they so painful. Ouch!
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    Oct 04, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    One reason is that they tend to occur at our fingertips, which are highly endowed with nerve endings. Another is that we may neglect having them cleaned and bandaged right away in a work environment, allowing irritants to enter and a slight infection to start.
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    Oct 04, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    I can't imagine bandaging a paper cut, seems like over kill to me.
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    Oct 04, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    redheadguy saidI can't imagine bandaging a paper cut, seems like over kill to me.


    I've found it reduces that pain you mention, by keeping it cleaner, and preventing contact with anything that would pull it open.

    I should also add to my post above that the fingers are constantly being flexed and the skin stretched, as compared to some other parts of the body. This also likely increases the pain felt.
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    Oct 05, 2008 2:22 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidWhy are they so painful. Ouch!


    because I am not there to suck them for you.
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    Oct 05, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    Wielding the power of google, I quickly turned up: http://amos.indiana.edu/library/scripts/papercuts.html

    Essentially, one of the major problems is that they aren't clean cuts. This is the same reason why it's much more painful to cut yourself with a dull knife than a sharp one. But since paper cuts are so shallow, they heal over very quickly, and thus can easily trap irritants within them, which are often deposited in creating the cut in the first place. Combined with the fact that, as Red mentioned, paper cuts tend to occur on the fingertips which are very densely covered in nerve endings, and you've got a recipe for a painful minor annoyance.