It rips, tears, and shreds your skin, rather than making clean slice, as a razor or knife blade would do. But the shallow wound of a paper cut doesn't offer such protection. If that makes us a little more sympathetic to our neighbor's pains, and a little more humble, then maybe paper cuts do us some good too.
Read More How to stop the ouch As a family physicianI can recommend a few practical ways to minimize the discomfort of a paper cut.
They typically occur on parts of our bodies that are the most sensitive, such as the fingers, lips or tongue. Opioids don't have to be addictive; new versions will treat pain without triggering pleasure While the physical effects of a paper cut are a real drag, I am fascinated by the mental and emotional response to the paper cut.
Luckily, the common saying is probably wrong. Petroleum Jelly: Applying a layer of petroleum jelly over a paper cut will coat it to prevent irritants from entering it, and it will soothe the skin. Finally, the depth of the wound is perfect for exposing and exciting the nerve fibers of the skin without damaging them the way a deeper, more destructive injury can severely damage the nerve fibers impairing their ability to communicate pain.
To start with, there are lots more pain receptors embedded in your fingertips than almost anywhere else in your body. Story highlights They typically occur on parts of our bodies that are the most sensitive These same highly sensitive areas are also parts we use all the time Consider, for a moment, the paper cut.
View image of Credit: iStock You can actually prove this to yourself by employing a test that psychologists and neurologists use. Our brains even have specialized areas to receive signals coming from these parts in high definition.