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5 Simple and Painless Ways to Remove a Splinter

Splinters are as sneaky as they are annoying. You never see one coming, but once one gets embedded in you, you’re definitely going to feel it. The most common way to pull one of these out of your body is to grab a pair of tweezers and just start digging. While that might work for splinters that haven’t lodged too deep into your body, it’s far from ideal for the ones completely under the surface. Plus, it hurts.

Thankfully, you don’t always need sharp instruments or a trip to the doctor to get rid of those stubborn splinters—there are plenty of items lying around your house right now that can help draw them out. So the next time you find yourself with a painful piece of wood or other material stuck in your foot, finger, etc. be sure to wash the affected area with soap and warm water and give one of these simple—and painless—remedies a try.

1. SOAK IT IN EPSOM SALTS.

Epsom salts are an incredibly versatile cure-all for common ailments like sunburn and sore muscles. But one of its lesser known uses is the fact that it can help bring deep splinters to the surface of your skin.

To get this to work, just dissolve a cup of the salts into a warm bath and soak whatever part of the body has the splinter. Failing that, you can also put some of the salts onto a bandage pad and leave it covered for a day; this will eventually help bring the splinter to the surface. Both methods help to draw the splinter out, which you can then pull out completely with a tweezer.

2. SLAP A BANANA PEEL ON TOP OF IT.

They can do everything from whiten your teeth to shine your shoes, but banana peels can also rid you of your splinter woes. Simply take a portion of a ripe peel and tape the inside portion over the area with the splinter. From there, the enzymes in the peel will get to work by softening your skin and helping the splinter move closer to the surface.

Some say just a few minutes is often all it takes, but if you can leave it on longer (especially overnight), you’ll have a better chance that the splinter will surface. Sometimes it will be drawn out far enough that it will come out on its own when you remove the peel; other times you may still need to use a pair of tweezers to finish the job. And if it doesn’t work after one night, replace the peel and leave it on for another day.

Don’t have a banana handy? You can also try a potato slice using essentially the same method: Place the skinless side on the area, hold in place with a bandage, and leave it on overnight. Then remove it and see if the splinter has surfaced.

3. MAKE A BAKING SODA PASTE.

First, before you do anything, clean the affected area with soap and water. Then combine a little water with ¼ of a tablespoon of baking soda to make a paste that you can then spread on the splinter. Once the paste is spread, cover the area with a bandage and keep it just like that for a full 24 hours.

You should notice that the splinter has made its way to the surface, where you can now simply just remove it. If you still can’t get a hold of it, you can repeat the same procedure until the splinter is sufficiently brought above the skin.

4. USE SOME TAPE.

This method is best when a splinter is already drawn to the surface a bit but tweezers just won’t do. Simply take a piece of tape—go for something a little stronger, like duct tape—and place it over the splinter. Once the tape is secure (leave it on for a few minutes), gently pull it off. You may have to repeat this a few times to coax the splinter out. For a little added security, soak the area in warm water first to soften the skin.

5. VINEGAR OR OIL.

Another simple way to draw out that stubborn splinter is to soak the affected area in oil (olive or corn) or white vinegar. Just pour some in a bowl and soak the area for around 20 to 30 minutes, then eyeball the splinter and see where it is. If it looks closer to the surface, but not enough to pull out, soak it longer. Once it gets far enough out, just remove it and wash the area with soap and water.

Sliver or Splinter | Advocare Aroesty Ear, Nose & Throat Associates

Is this your symptom?

  • A foreign object (such as a wood splinter, cactus spine, fishhook, sliver of glass) is stuck in the skin

Some Basics.

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  • Most small objects stuck in the surface skin can be removed at home.
  • Larger, deeper, or hidden objects in the skin should be removed by a doctor right away.

Symptoms of a Skin Foreign Object

  • Pain: most tiny slivers are in the surface skin. They do not cause much pain. These include cactus spines, stinging nettles, and fiberglass fragments. Foreign bodies that stick out or are deep in the skin are most often painful.
  • Foreign object feeling: often people have the feeling of something being in the skin, even when it cannot be seen. If a person feels like there is something there, he or she is almost always right!

Types of Skin Foreign Bodies

  • Fiberglass fragments
  • Fishhooks (may have a barbed point that makes them hard to get out)
  • Glass
  • Metallic objects (bullets, BBs, nails, sewing needles, pins, tacks)
  • Pencil lead-graphite
  • Plastic
  • Organic objects (splinters, cactus spines, thorns, toothpicks)

Removal

  • Most tiny foreign bodies in the skin surface can be removed at home. These include splinters, cactus spines, fiberglass, and pieces of glass.
  • If something needs to be removed by a doctor, see one right away. Waiting may cause the object to become hidden or pushed in more deeply. The doctor can numb the skin before the object is removed.
  • Organic slivers (wood or thorns) most often become infected if they are not removed. Nonorganic slivers (metal or glass) often do not become infected.

Pencil Punctures

  • There is no danger of lead poisoning. Pencil leads are made of graphite and clay, not lead.
  • Sometimes the graphite dust can leave a tiny black stain in the puncture wound.

When to Call for Sliver or Splinter

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

  • Object is a BB
  • Dirt is left in skin after object removed and scrubbing
  • You do not want to or can’t get the object out
  • You feel weak or very sick
  • You think you need to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • You have diabetes and a splinter is in foot or toe
  • Deep puncture wound and last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago
  • You think you need to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Contact Doctor During Office Hours

  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Tiny, pain-free slivers near the surface that don’t need to be removed
  • Tiny plant or cactus spines or fiberglass slivers that need to be removed
  • Minor slivers that need to be removed

Care Advice

Removing Slivers – Splinters – Thorns

  1. What You Should Know:
    • You can remove most small foreign bodies from the surface skin at home.
    • Here is some care advice that should help.
  2. Tiny, Pain-Free Slivers: If you have many of these, they can be left in. Eventually they will work their way out with normal shedding of the skin. Your body may also reject them by forming a tiny little pimple.

  3. Needle and Tweezers:
    • You can remove slivers, splinters, or thorns with a needle and tweezers.
    • Check the tweezers to be certain the ends meet exactly. If they do not, bend them so that they meet.
    • Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or a flame before use.
    • Clean the skin around the sliver with rubbing alcohol before trying to remove it. Be careful not to push the splinter in deeper. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, use soap and water. Do not soak the area if the object is wood. This can cause swelling of the splinter.
  4. Step-by-Step Instructions:
    • Step 1: Use the needle to fully expose the end of the sliver. Use good lighting. A magnifying glass may help.
    • Step 2: Grasp the end firmly with the tweezers. Pull it out at the same angle that it went in. Getting a good grip the first time is important. This is especially true with slivers that go in perpendicular to the skin or slivers that are trapped under the fingernail.
  5. More Instructions:
    • It may be hard to expose a sliver if it is under your fingernail. Cut a piece of the nail away to expose the sliver. This should be done with fine scissors. Clean the scissors with rubbing alcohol before and after use.
    • If you can see the whole sliver, remove it by pulling on the end. If the end breaks off, open the skin with a sterile needle along the length of the sliver. Then flick it out.
  6. Antibiotic Ointment: Put an antibiotic ointment on the area. Do this one time after the object is removed. This will reduce the risk of infection.

  7. Tetanus Shot:
    • If your last tetanus shot was more 10 years ago, you need a booster.
    • You should try to get this shot within the next couple days.
  8. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Can’t get all of foreign object out
    • Removed object but pain becomes worse
    • Starts to look infected (redness, red streak, or tender to touch)
    • You think you need to be seen
    • You get worse

Removing Tiny Plant Stickers (Cactus Spines – Stinging Nettles) or Fiberglass Fragments

  1. Tiny Plant Stickers: Plant stickers (stinging nettle), cactus spines, or fiberglass fragments are hard to remove. They most often break when you put pressure on them with tweezers.

  2. Tape: First try to remove the small spines or fragments with tape. Do this by touching the area lightly with very sticky tape.

  3. Wax Hair Remover (if tape does not work):
    • Warm up the wax in your microwave for 10 seconds. Spread a layer over the fragments. Cover it with the cloth strip that came in the hair remover package. Let it air dry for 5 minutes. You can speed up the drying with a hair dryer. Then peel it off with the fragments. Most fragments will be removed. The others will most often work themselves out with normal shedding of the skin.
    • You can use all-purpose white glue, but it does not work as well as wax.
  4. Tetanus Shot:
    • If your last tetanus shot was more than 10 years ago, you need a booster. You should try to get this shot within the next couple days.
    • If you are not fully protected against tetanus (received less than 3 shots), you may need a booster and TIG. Call or see your doctor as soon as possible within next 24 hours.
  5. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Can’t get all of foreign object out and it is painful
    • Starts to look infected (redness, red streak, or tender to touch)
    • You think you need to be seen
    • You get worse

Tiny Surface Pain-Free Slivers

  1. Tetanus Shot:
    • If your last tetanus shot was more than 10 years ago, you need a booster.
    • You should try to get this shot within the next couple days.
  2. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Starts to look infected (redness, red streak, or tender to touch)
    • You think you need to be seen
    • You get worse

And remember, contact your doctor if you develop any of the ‘Call Your Doctor’ symptoms.

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Last Reviewed: 12/8/2021 1:00:47 AM
Last Updated: 10/21/2021 1:00:49 AM

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Removing splinters in children | BabyCenter

What’s the best way to remove a splinter from my child’s skin?

Use a tweezers and a needle to remove most wood splinters and small objects, like a sliver of glass, at home. It’s easier to remove a splinter before the skin starts healing over it. Getting it out early and cleaning the area also helps prevent infection.

  • Sterilize the needle and tweezers with alcohol.
  • Wash your hands and the affected area with soap and warm water.
  • Reassure your child as best you can. If possible, seat him on your lap while you work on the splinter, or have another adult hold and comfort him while you remove it.

If the splinter’s sticking out from the skin far enough, you may be able to pull it out easily using just the tweezers:

  • Grasp it gently at the base (where it emerges from the skin) with the tweezers and pull it straight out, tugging in the same direction it’s pointed.
  • If it doesn’t slide right out, don’t pick at it – you don’t want to break a piece off and leave the rest embedded.

If the splinter is embedded in the skin with little or no piece sticking out for you to grab, use the sterilized needle method:

  • Soak the area in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin – unless the splinter is wood. If the splinter is wood, skip the soaking because it might cause the splinter to swell.
  • Use the needle to gently create a slit in the skin right over the embedded part and carefully remove the splinter with tweezers.

If a very small splinter is protruding, on the other hand, you may be able to remove it without a needle or tweezers by:

  • Pressing a piece of strong sticky tape to the site and then lifting it up. This sometimes works for fragile splinters – such as those from a plant like stinging nettle, or cactus spines.
  • Applying a layer of white glue might also do the trick. Leave the glue on for five minutes; then peel it off. Most of the tiny splinters will come with it.

What should I do once the splinter is out?

  • Wash the area thoroughly with soap and warm water.
  • Cover the spot with a thin film of antibiotic ointment and an adhesive bandage. Clean the area and reapply the ointment and a bandage a couple of times a day until it’s healed.

What if I can’t get the splinter out or my child won’t let me near it?

If it’s a very small splinter, you can try letting it go for a few days. There’s a good chance the splinter will work itself out, especially if your child soaks in the tub and the warm water loosens the skin around it. (This may not work for a wood splinter, though. Again, soaking may cause a wood splinter to swell.)

Should I take my child to the doctor?

Take her to the doctor if the splinter:

  • Is too large for you to remove
  • Has a hook or barb, or is curved
  • Is causing her severe pain
  • Is under a fingernail or toenail and you can’t reach it
  • Is close to your child’s eye
  • Is causing a lot of bleeding
  • Is large, such as a piece of wood, glass, or other debris embedded in her skin
  • Has caused a deep puncture wound (she may need a tetanus shot)

Infections from splinters are uncommon, but call the doctor if you notice these signs:

  • Warmth, redness, swelling, or pus in the affected area
  • A fever

Are splinters ever dangerous?

Not usually, but they can be. If your child’s vaccinations aren’t up to date, a splinter can cause tetanus, a potentially fatal infection caused by bacteria that enters the blood through a wound.

The DTaP vaccine, which protects against tetanus, is usually given at:

  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • Between 15 and 18 months
  • Between 4 and 6 years
  • At 11 or 12 years (in the form of Tdap, a booster shot)

After that, a booster is recommended every 10 years throughout his life. Depending on the splinter and your child’s tetanus vaccination status, your child’s doctor may decide to give her a tetanus shot.

What can I do to keep my child from getting splinters?

Here are some tips for preventing splinters:

  • Don’t let kids walk outside without shoes (or indoors if you have wood floors that might splinter).
  • If you break a glass, be sure to vacuum up all the tiny fragments that sometimes scatter. (A wet paper towel is good for picking up remnants after sweeping or vacuuming. ) Have kids wear shoes or slippers after glass breaks on the floor, even after you’ve cleaned it up.
  • Make sure any wooden hand railings in your home and wooden toys your child plays with are smooth and splinter-free.
  • Check outdoor decks and furniture, such as picnic tables, for potential splinters.
  • Inspect playground equipment for frayed materials that might splinter off, and ask that they be repaired.
  • Keep kids away from bushes and plants that have thorns or other potential causes of splinters.

Tweezers and antibiotic ointment are staples in a good first-aid kit. Use this first-aid checklist to make sure you have everything else you might need on hand for your child’s next owie.

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Splinter Removal Tips| Prevention

In the well-known fable Androcles and the Lion, a tiny splinter brought the mighty lion to his knees. And if you’ve ever had a spiky splinter puncture your tender skin, you can relate. Getting a splinter in the hand or foot—or worse, someplace even more sensitive—pains even the strongest of us. Unfortunately, removing those little suckers can often be just as troublesome. “Splinters are small pieces of wood, glass, metal, or other matter that gets caught under your skin,” says Dee Anna Glaser, MD. “Even though they’re often small, they tend to hurt. Whether they are buried deep or not, you need to remove them as soon as possible so they don’t cause infection.” Here’s what some of the pros recommend for how to painlessly—or at least somewhat painlessly—remove a splinter, and keep it from becoming a real thorn in your side.

Enlist Some Outside Help

First, get a loved one to sterilize a tweezers by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol, or heating it with a lighter or hot match. “It’s hard to cause yourself pain, so ask a husband, wife, or someone else who cares about you to lend you a gentle, helping hand,” says Glaser. Grab the protruding end of the splinter with the sterilized tweezers and gently pull it out in the direction it entered, says Glaser. If the splinter is embedded in the skin, sterilize a needle with rubbing alcohol, a lighter, or a match, then make a small hole in the skin over the end of the splinter. Then, lift the skin to expose the splinter, put the needle under the splinter until it can be grasped with the tweezers, and pull it out. Last, have your helper check to make sure that the entire splinter is gone. If not, repeat the previous steps. “For really small splinters or if you don’t get the entire splinter on the first try, use a magnifying glass for a closer look,” says Glaser.

MORE: 10 Brilliant Uses For A Banana Peel

Clean Up Your Act

After the whole splinter is out, clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide, allowing the bubbles to work on the area, says Joseph Bark, MD. Then apply a bandage, if needed, to keep the wound clean; otherwise, leave it open to the air, says Glaser. Either way, be on the lookout for signs of infection (redness, pus, increased pain, swelling, and even red streaking in that area). “Applying an antibiotic ointment once the area is cleaned will help the healing process,” she says.

Take Preventative Measures

Glaser says that some splinters can be avoided with an ounce or two of prevention. She recommends the following:

  • Wear shoes outdoors at all times and whenever you walk on unfinished wood floors, wooden decks, or boardwalks.
  • Clean up all broken glass and metal shavings around the house immediately.
  • Be careful when handling broken glass, and wear hard-soled shoes to protect your feet.
  • Wear work gloves when handling plants with thorns, sharp tips, and spines.
  • Be careful when applying friction to an object while performing tasks such as woodworking. “If you’re not careful, a small portion of that wood can dislodge into your skin,” says Glaser. “So again, wear gloves.”

    MORE: 20 Natural Home Remedies That Work

    When To Visit The Doctor

    Call a health professional if the splinter is very large or deeply embedded and can’t be pulled out easily, says Glaser. Deep splinters may require a doctor to make a small incision to extract it. “But, unless the splinter is removed, it will almost always become infected,” she says. Speaking of infection, those with diabetes or compromised immunity should see a physician if they have a deeply embedded splinter, suggests Glaser. “These people are at a greater risk for more serious infection.” Yet another instance to make a doctor’s visit is if the splinter is a piece of metal, not wood, and your last tetanus shot was more than 5 years ago, says Glaser.

    Panel Of Advisors

    Joseph Bark, MD, is a dermatologist in Lexington, Kentucky, and director of Skin Secrets, a comprehensive skin-care facility.

    Dee Anna Glaser, MD, is a professor in the department of dermatology at St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri.

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    9 DIY Home Remedies for a Splinter

    We’ve all been there! When you get a splinter and don’t have a magnifying glass on hand, the seemingly easy task can become impossible. Going in blind with tweezers can actually harm the skin and push the splinter in further. Next time you get a splinter you can’t see, follow these nine DIY home remedies:

    1. Tape. 

      First, wash the affected area with soap and water. When dry, apply adhesive tape over the splinter. Gently press down on tape with finger to secure splinter to tape. After 30-45 seconds, pull tape off in one smooth movement. The splinter will come off with the tape.

    2. Glue. 

      Elmer’s glue works best if you have it on hand. Apply a drop of glue over the splinter and allow to dry. Peel off the glue, and the splinter will become loose and come out when tugged.

    3. Baking Soda and Water. 

      Combine baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste on the affected area to create swelling. Let sit for two to three hours. Remove paste with water, and remove splinter with tweezers.

    4. Epsom Salt.

      Secure Epsom salt on the adhesive side of a band aid, and wrap around the affected area. The salt was cause swelling, and will push the splinter out. Remove with tweezers.

    5. White Vinegar. 

      Soak the affected area in a bowl of white vinegar for 30 minutes. The vinegar will help the splinter break through the surface of the skin, making it easy to remove with tweezers.

    6. Bacon Fat. 

      Cut small amount of fat off a fatty piece of raw bacon. With a band aid, secure the bacon fat on the affected area. Leave on overnight. The fat will draw the splinter out.

    7. Hydrogen Peroxide.  

      Cover the area around the splinter to create inflammation and better visibility. Remove splinter with tweezers.

    8. Clear Nail Polish.

      Every girl will have clear nail polish on hand! Apply the polish over the affected area. Let dry. Peel off polish in opposite direction of the splinter.

    9. Honey. 

      Honey will not only draw the splinter out, but it will also soothe the affected area after removal. Apply honey to the affected area and let sit. You can secure the honey with an adhesive band aid to avoid a mess. The honey will draw the splinter out to create better visibility, and you can remove the splinter with tweezers.

    If these remedies don’t work or you notice the splinter is becoming infected, please call our office. We would love to help!

     

    How to Remove a Splinter

    Splinter Removal Made Easy

     

    Running around barefoot on a deck sounds super fun right? Well, yes, until your two-year-old starts screaming as he got what seems like a million splinters under his feet. That was my weekend fun!

    I frequently see kids in the office that need me to remove a splinter this time of year.

    Well-meaning parents have often tried to remove the splinter at home with a magnifying glass and gently pull with no success, sometimes pushing the splinter further back.

    If you think you can grab it quickly, go ahead and try, but I wouldn’t go fishing around in there endlessly as this can make it a deep splinter, and that is a lot more challenging to remove.

    All you needed was a banana peel or duct tape to remove a splinter back in the day. Then, we would make homemade baking soda paste out of the water and baking soda and rub it in to not get infected and call it good.

     

    Splinter Removal 101

    You can try numbing the skin with a bit of ice first to make it less scary to your child. Then, try to remove the splinter ASAP to prevent infection from foreign bodies and apply rubbing alcohol to the affected area. The longer you wait (especially on the sole of the foot), the harder it is to remove. Seeing a medical professional on day 3 or 4 isn’t likely to lead to successful removal.

    If you want to give it a go, here are some (somewhat evidence-based) techniques to remove a splinter:

     

    1. Tweezers

    Start with some sterilized tweezers, cleaned with soap and water, alcohol or peroxide. This is best done if you can see the edge of the splinter and you think you can grab the end easily.

     

     2. Hydrogen peroxide

    Cover the skin where the splinter is with a cotton ball or tissue soaked in hydrogen peroxide. The splinter may come to the surface. If not, at least the wound is now clean.

     

    3. Baking soda

    Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply to the splinter under a bandage. Leave overnight. The sliver may be out in the morning. This technique works on the theoretical fact that baking soda can cause the skin to swell, thereby pushing the splinter out.

     

    4. Tape

    Put a piece of duct tape against the skin where the splinter is. It may be strong enough to adhere to the splinter and pull it out when you remove the tape. This will only work if the splinter edge is at the skin surface.

     

    5. Egg

    Break an egg and place the inside of the shell (the wet side) against the skin where the splinter is. The shell may allow the splinter to work its way out of the skin (I have no idea how).

     

    6. Pantyhose

    This works excellent for splinters or thorns with small edges. Place a piece of pantyhose against the skin to snag the edge and gently pull.

     

     7. Tomato, Onion, or Potato

    A slice of tomato, potato, or onion placed against the skin may bring the splinter to the surface. If you successfully remove the splinter, please clean the affected area with soap and water to prevent infection.

    Academic research institutions warn about splinters, although they’re small, this is an open wound and would benefit from simple wound care, covering for a day or two to prevent debris and other foreign bodies from entering and causing infection.

    In addition, covering with a small amount of antibiotic ointment may help speed wound healing and avoid infection.

     

    FAQs

     

    Q: Can I Remove a Splinter with Baking Soda?

    A: Yes, you can. When the splinter is too deep, and you don’t want to poke around with

    tweezers or a needle, you can use baking soda. It will increase osmotic pressure on the

    skin, thus pushing the splinter up for easy removal. However, you have to be patient. Once

    you apply the baking soda and water paste to the spot, you have to cover it and leave it on

    for 24 hours before you can remove the splinter.

     

    Q: What Happens When you Don’t Take out a Splinter?

    A: A splinter is a foreign body, so your body will naturally push it out if you don’t take it out yourself. It won’t be absorbed or broken down, so it will eventually come out.

    However, it’s recommended you take the splinter out as soon as you can to avoid swelling and redness.

     

    Q: How do Doctors Remove Splinters?

    A: If your splinter is too deep and you can’t get to it, you may have to go to the doctor.

    They will numb the area and make a small incision with a scalpel to remove it. If the

    splinter is under a fingernail; they will have to remove a part of the nail to get the splinter

    out.

     

    Q: Can a Splinter Cause Infections?

    A: Yes, if you don’t take the splinter out, it can cause infection. The splinter itself can be

    carrying bacteria and fungi, not to mention it creates an entry point for microbes. You know

    your splinter is infected if the skin around it is red or hardened, or if there’s white or yellow

    discharge, a.k.a pus. 

     

    Q: Can an ingrown toenail go away?

    A: No, an ingrown toenail will not disappear without help. It requires treatment, and if you

    fail to do that, it can cause infections and other issues.

     

    Q: What is an ingrown toenail?

    A: An ingrown toenail is when the nail continues growing to the side, into the skin that

    surrounds your toe. This causes pain, swelling, and redness. Big toes are the most

    commonly affected.

     

    Q: How to Care for an Ingrown Toenail?

    A: You can care for an ingrown toenail in many different ways. For one, you can apply

    antibiotic cream and bandage it. You can give your feet a warm water soak for up to 20

    minutes and then put some cotton or dental floss under the ingrown toenail to get it to

    grow above the skin. It’s also recommended to use sensible, open-toe shoes, and you can

    take a pain reliever if you need it.

     

    Q: Can Ingrown Toenails Cause Swelling?

    A: Yes, ingrown toenails can cause swelling, which is one of the main reasons you should

    get it treated ASAP. You can care for it at home, but if nothing you do helps, you need to

    go to the doctor. They will provide the best treatment option for your particular case, and

    you’ll get the relief you’re looking for.

     

    Click here to read about playground safety and how to prevent such injuries, or read about how we close wounds.

    Remove Splinters | Get Deep Splinter Out


    Splinters can be uncomfortable and painful but can also cause infections. They are foreign bodies that either fully or partially embed themselves into the skin.

    Our clinic can remove most splinters including those that are deeply embedded or under a finger or toenail. They are usually full of germs and may cause an infection.

    When should I see a doctor for removing my splinter?

    • If the splinter is deep or has broken during attempts to remove it
    • You notice signs of infection, such as red or hardened skin; discharge that is white or yellow
    • The splinter has entered the skin near the eye or under the fingernail
    • You have tried removing the splinter unsuccessfully
    • The splinter has entered the skin vertically

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    FAQ

    What are the complications of a splinter?

    If a splinter (usually of wood, glass, or metal) is not completely removed, it may cause infection, inflammation, or a toxicity response. Even once the main, visible piece of the splinter has been removed, small pieces may still remain under the skin.

    Will the splinter go away if I wait?

    It is best to get a painful splinter dealt with as soon as possible, to avoid invasive removal procedures.

    A fresh splinter usually has an open injury track through which it can be easily removed. The longer the splinter is present, the more likely the skin will attempt to heal over it, making removal more difficult.

    If the splinter is small and not painful, it may work itself out on its own.

    What are some things to be aware of when removing a splinter?

    Clean the area of the splinter with soap and water. Be sure to use clean, sterilised tweezers (use soap and water and alcohol).

    If you are unable to remove the entire visible splinter, be sure to see a doctor for proper removal.

    How to remove a splinter painlessly from under the nail, hands, feet, from the heel of a child

    by Valentina Zvarich

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    Let’s start from the very beginning, namely with what the splinter is. So, a splinter is any small foreign object that gets under the skin on a finger, arm, leg, heel, under the nail, etc.e. A splinter can be not only wood chips, but also metal shavings, a piece of glass, thorns and needles of plants and much more.


    How to get a splinter out of your finger?

    Despite the small size of the splinter, it not only causes very, very painful sensations at the site of penetration, but can also lead to strong suppuration of the area of ​​soft tissues around it.

    So, if you do not pull the splinter out of your finger, it will ultimately lead to felon (a purulent process in the tissues), a splinter in the heel can make any of your movements incredibly painful, and a metal splinter even threatens to infect the body with tetanus.

    All this can happen if the splinter is in the tissues for 6 hours or more. How to quickly remove the splinter in this case? And how to painlessly remove a splinter that has sunk deep under the skin? Answer: with the help of ichthyol ointment!

    Ichthyol ointment prevents wound suppuration due to antiseptic and bactericidal properties

    This ointment can be purchased at any pharmacy for a penny. Also, do not forget to purchase a plaster from the pharmacist if its stocks in the home first-aid kit have come to an end.Take the plaster, apply a sufficient amount of ointment on its bactericidal part (the square in the middle), stick it on the place where the splinter has “stuck” and after 12 hours remove the plaster. Rest assured, your splinter will already be on the plaster!

    Of the minuses of this method: an unpleasant odor and greasy consistency of the ointment itself, which is very difficult to wash off from clothes if it is already dirty. Also, this method is better suited for getting rid of a splinter in a finger, because wearing an adhesive plaster, for example, on the heel for 12 hours in a row is completely inconvenient.

    Well, how to get a splinter out of a leg or other part of the body where it is inconvenient to wear a plaster? In this situation, it is best to use a tool such as tweezers.

    How to remove a splinter with tweezers?

    1. Take small tweezers (cosmetic). Treat the tweezers’ feet with an antiseptic or alcohol solution.
    2. Hook the tip of a splinter peeking out from under the skin. If you find it difficult to see a splinter, use a magnifying glass. At the same time, do not press or squeeze the skin around the splinter – it can only enter deeper into the tissue.
    3. Gently pull on the tip of the splinter, observing the angle at which it is driven under the skin. So, if it’s oblique, don’t pull at a 90 degree angle, you will only break the splinter.
    4. Disinfect the wound that remains from the splinter, and cover it with a plaster on top.

    How to remove a deep splinter with a needle?

    If the splinter is deep under the skin, it can be removed with a needle. Do not be afraid, with the right approach to this difficult matter, trauma and pain during the procedure will be minimized, and the splinter will be eliminated.

    1. Do not press on the splinter or the skin around it. All you can achieve is that the splinter will pierce even deeper into the tissue.
    2. The needle is the best solution for removing a splinter that is covered by a thin layer of skin on top.
    3. Before starting the splinter removal process, treat the needle with an antiseptic.
    4. Insert the sharp end of the needle shallowly into the place where the splinter entered.
    5. Lift the skin with the needle so that you open it directly over the splinter.
    6. Opening the skin over the splinter – stretch it so that you can remove it entirely.
    7. Use the tip of the needle to pick up the splinter and gently push it out.
    8. If the splinter is deep, before removing it with a needle, steam the skin thoroughly with hot water and aloe leaf juice (2-3 hours). During this time, the splinter will rise closer to the surface of the skin, and you can easily remove it.

    After the procedure, the wound should be treated with an antiseptic, and a patch or bandage should be applied on top.

    How to remove a splinter from a child?

    It’s no secret that a splinter in children is a matter of everyday life, but getting it out of a child’s finger is many times more difficult than that of an adult.Firstly, the child will not calmly endure while you persistently pick his finger with a needle, and secondly, due to children’s curiosity, the baby is unlikely to be able to carry a plaster with ichthyol on the site of a splinter for 12 hours.

    In this case, how to get a splinter out of a small child without resorting to medical help? To do this, you need to properly steam the place where the splinter has fallen with hot water or, as we said above, aloe juice. You need to steam until the tip of the splinter appears from under the skin.

    You can steam the skin well with the help of aloe juice, holding it in place of the splinter for several hours

    Then you need to use the “parental” tricks and distract the child’s attention to sweets, toys, cartoons, etc. When the child’s attention is occupied, using tweezers and a magnifying glass, carefully remove the splinter, following the principles described above.

    If everything is more or less clear with splinters in the soft tissues of the body, then how to get the splinter out from under the nail? Here you should act according to the same principles as usual: steam the area of ​​the body with a splinter well and carefully pull it out with tweezers or a needle, or use ichthyol ointment.

    How to remove a splinter from the heel?

    The quickest and most convenient way to remove a splinter from the heel is with a needle or tweezers. Due to the fact that the skin on the heel is coarser than on other parts of the body, the process will be almost painless. Most importantly, remember that tools (tweezers, a needle), hands, a place with a splinter – everything must be well disinfected before and after removal.

    How to get a splinter out of the eye?

    If it happened that a splinter got into the eye (yes, it also happens), in no case try to pull it out of there yourself! Moreover, do not rub your eyes with your hands, do not pull your eyelid to your temple, etc. e. Immediately seek help from an ophthalmologist, because any initiative in this situation can lead to eye inflammation or decreased vision.

    How to get a splinter out of your finger if it is deeply embedded

    Today we will talk about the most unpleasant problem that almost every person on the planet faced. You walk down the street, work or meet your friends – and here! You felt an unpleasant tingling sensation in your finger, have you already understood what it is? Of course, a splinter.It’s one thing when its tip sticks out on the surface, you can get rid of it even on the street, without having any available tools. But what if it is deeply entrenched and it is not so easy to pull it out? We will find out this now! The article was written based on the materials of the site – sovet.info.

    Danger of splintering This kind of small injury can be dangerous, because splinters can be small chips, metal shavings, plant residues (for example: thorns or needles from a cactus), shards, etc. Sometimes objects can be very small, so they can easily get under the skin, and in some cases – into muscle tissue. Therefore, you should take this type of injury seriously and in no case assume that everything will resolve by itself! Part of the remaining splinter inside the splinter can eventually lead to the appearance of an abscess. You cannot squeeze a splinter out of the skin, in the case of a splinter or a wooden chip – the object can crumble into many fragments, which will make the situation even worse. Do not forget that any foreign object inside the human body is always the introduction of dirt, which means that there is a possibility of infection or pathogenic microorganisms.

    What products are usually needed to remove a splinter at home:

    • needle;
    • blade;
    • tweezers;
    • piece of adhesive plaster or sticky tape;
    • cotton pad;
    • disinfectant.

    Sometimes, if the splinter is very small, a bright light and a magnifying glass or a magnifying glass are added to these tools – without their help, you will hardly be able to pull out a small shard.

    How to get out a deep splinter

    It should always be remembered that before the procedure, be sure to wash your hands well and wipe the injury site with an antiseptic.

    Salt tray

    Pour about 50 ml of water into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of salt, mix thoroughly. Then we lower the place with the splinter into the bath and wait for about 20 minutes. It is necessary to achieve steaming of the skin so that it becomes possible to pick up the base of the splinter with a needle, and then help yourself with tweezers. If the object in the wound is wooden, then you cannot soar for a long time, the piece of wood may swell, 10 minutes will be enough.

    Soda gruel

    In this method, you need to take a spoonful of soda and mix it with the same spoonful of water.Apply the resulting mixture to the damaged area, seal with a plaster. Wait a long time, about 3-4 hours, the skin should swell, so that, as in the first method, you can get the splinter with improvised means.

    Vegetable oil

    The oil must be heated to normal temperature so as not to burn yourself. Moisten a cotton swab with vegetable oil and apply to the splinter for 15 minutes, then just as easily remove the splinter with tweezers.

    Glue

    A very non-standard method, but valid.Removal of a splinter with PVA glue occurs quickly, and most importantly, it is painless. First, the skin should be steamed for 15 minutes, then you need to wipe the wound well. Pour glue over the splinter and wait until it dries completely. After the glue has dried, remove it from the skin and a splinter should come out with it.

    Ichthyol ointment

    Deep splinters can be removed with this ointment. Ichthyol ointment, as it were, wets the wound and the foreign object “slips” out. For this method, you need to be patient, you need to walk with the ointment for a day until the fragment comes out.For this day, it is worth bandaging the location of the splinter with a bandage.

    These 5 easy ways to help you cope with your ailment. You should always remember – if a splinter causes severe pain, and the place has acquired a red color and swelling, it is better to go to the doctor right away to get qualified help. Take care of your health and do not remain indifferent!

    How to remove a splinter yourself? – 1000 secrets

    Splinter is an unpleasant business, no one has yet been able to avoid this trouble.Each has its own proven way to remove a splinter, but it does not always turn out to be effective.

    There are many useful tips, ranging from simple – to hook with tweezers and pull out, ending with an appeal to immediately rush to the doctor. Before considering all the methods, useful and not very useful, you need to remember the following: it is not always possible to pull out a splinter on your own, sometimes you really need to immediately go to a doctor. In some cases, splinters cause suppuration and even blood poisoning. When do you need to seek medical help?

    • The splinter sits deeply, affecting not only the top layer of the skin;
    • The wound is dirty, there is redness and hardening around it, a twitching pain is felt;
    • A splinter is a thorn of an unknown plant (possibly poisonous), a scale or a claw of an animal.

    In all other cases, when a tiny splinter sits in the upper layer of the epidermis, it causes trouble, but does not require immediate surgery. Grandma’s advice will help you remove the splinter without problems with simple folk remedies.

    7 ways to get a splinter out

    • Tweezers . Can be used if the splinter tip is on the surface. Look carefully through the magnifying glass to see where the splinter is located. Disinfect the tweezers with alcohol.Grab the tip with tweezers. Make sure not to catch a patch of skin or hair on it. Do not try to squeeze the skin to push the splinter out – you will only grip the splinter tighter inside and it may break. Pull the splinter in the direction it entered the skin. If it entered obliquely, then do not pull straight, it will most likely break.
    • Needle . This method is suitable if the splinter entered at an angle and the tip cannot be grasped with tweezers. If there is only a thin layer of skin above the splinter, then treat the tip of the needle with an alcohol solution, determine the site of the splinter’s penetration, and use the needle to open a small area of ​​skin just above the splinter.As a rule, this is enough to pick up the splinter with tweezers or a needle and pull it out. This task requires a very steady hand and very good eyesight.
    • Adhesive tape . Suitable for removing a large number of very small splinters, fiberglass particles or pubescence of certain types of cacti (prickly pear, for example). To remove the splinter, cut a piece large enough to cover the entire area with the thorns. A large piece will help you not miss anything, but depending on the location of the damage, using it may be inconvenient and difficult to remove.In such cases, take several smaller pieces. Carefully cover the damaged area with tape. Don’t press too hard, just let the tape stick. Remove the tape carefully. The thorns should remain on it. Repeat as needed until all particles have been removed.
    • PVA glue or medical glue. Suitable if the child has a splinter, the edge of the splinter is visible, but the child does not allow it to be pulled out with tweezers or a needle. Apply glue to the splinter and let it dry. It remains only to remove the dried glue along with the splinter.
    • Baking Soda . This method is useful for removing tiny, barely visible splinters whose tip is not visible above the surface of the skin. The baking soda paste will make the skin swell and push the splinter to the surface. It is better to use this method after all the others, as the swollen skin will make the application of other methods (using duct tape, tweezers or needles) very difficult.
    • Medical plaster . This method is well suited if the skin over the wound is healed and dry, but part of the splinter remains.Just stick a piece of adhesive plaster over this place (it’s better to take not a bactericidal one with a gauze pad, but a rolled one to fix the dressings) and hold it for a day or a day. If you get it wet while washing or doing housework, then it’s even better. Under such a sticker, the skin swells, the crust over the splinter softens and it is most often removed with the plaster.
    • Aloe . A piece of aloe houseplant, cut and attached to the wound with a plaster, perfectly softens the tissue.Aloe juice has a bactericidal and wound healing effect. You can fix part of the fleshy leaf with a plaster or bandage. It is enough to hold for a couple of hours. After such a “compress”, the splinter can be easily pulled out with tweezers or even fingers.

    It is also useful to know that most small splinters will come to the surface within a few days or a week without assistance. Sometimes it is easier and better to let the body handle the problem on its own. However, periodically inspect the site of injury for infection: unlikely, but still possible.

    How to remove a splinter | Life

    If you are a mother of a small child, you have to be ready for anything. Your curious little explorer may well get hurt and pick up a splinter. And then the question arises: How to get splinter out of a little finger?

    The easiest way is to pull out the splinter with ordinary tweezers, if, of course, its size allows it. But very small splinters must first be very carefully examined and determined how deeply it penetrated the skin and at what angle it entered.Then, on top of the splinter, an adhesive plaster should be tightly glued onto the skin and abruptly pulled off in the opposite direction to the stuck splinter. With several small splinters in one place, there is another similar method: apply BF glue to the splinter area, when the glue hardens, remove such an adhesive “patch” along with the splinter.

    It happens that a splinter sits very deeply and it is impossible to hook it. Then you need to steam the affected area in warm water (with soda). When the skin softens, try with your fingers to gently, without force, push the splinter closer to the surface of the skin so that you can hook it with tweezers. Sometimes you have to widen the hole to get a splinter. In this case, a needle is used, which must be sterilized. It is better to use an alcohol solution for sterilization. Dip the needle into it for 10 minutes.

    It is necessary to get a small and deep splinter only in very bright light. You can use a loupe or magnifying glass. When you get the splinter out, be sure to treat the wound with an antiseptic.

    Doctors do not recommend removing a splinter on their own in the following cases:

    * When it has pierced the eye or artery.And especially if the splinter injured the cornea!

    * if the splinter is a small shard of glass and you suspect that it is not the only one;

    * when the splinter is very deep and still split into several parts;

    * if the skin around the splinter becomes inflamed, there is swelling and severe pain.

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    How to get a splinter, how to pull out a splinter – July 19, 2021

    When the word “splinter” arises the most unpleasant associations, the real sensations of which you want to avoid. However, almost everyone has encountered this problem. A foreign body can get under the skin quite by accident. Even a small splinter causes severe discomfort, and ignoring the problem can lead to suppuration.

    How to get a splinter

    They are superficial and deep.The first ones stick out a little from under the skin: you can pick it up with tweezers or nail scissors. The wound must be washed with hydrogen peroxide. You cannot pick up deep splinters: certain measures are required, sometimes requiring not only attention, but also time and patience.

    For any splinter:

    • rinse the wound and treat with alcohol or antiseptic. Or wash your hands with soap and water;
    • Rinse the area again after removing the splinter. Apply antibacterial ointment;
    • Monitor the wound for several days to avoid suppuration.A severely affected skin area heals up to a week.

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    Only remove splinters with clean hands and in good lighting. Do not try to squeeze them out: you can drive the splinter deeper or it will split into smaller pieces.

    Important: if the splinter has gone deep and you cannot cope on your own, immediately consult a doctor after pretreating the wound.

    Removing a splinter with a plaster

    If the splinter is slightly on the surface, try using a plaster.Treat your hands with an antiseptic, carefully glue the plaster to the wound so as not to drive the splinter deeper, and remove the plaster.

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    Removing a splinter with soda

    Mix soda with water until a mushy mass. Apply to the wound. Also apply some of the composition to the skin around the splinter. Cover the top with adhesive plaster. The skin will swell and push the splinter out. If the splinter doesn’t come out the first time, leave the patch in place and try again later.

    Removing a splinter with a needle

    After washing your hands, treat the wound, tweezers or needle with an antiseptic.Turn on a bright light, use a magnifying glass if necessary. If the splinter is slightly under the skin, gently pry it with the needle so that the part is above the surface. If possible, pull it out completely. Pull very slowly and gently in the direction it entered the skin.

    After – Press on the skin around the wound to flush out contaminated fluid or blood. Treat the injured area with an antiseptic, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, iodine or brilliant green. If necessary, cover with adhesive tape.

    Do not pick a splinter or use a needle that has not been treated with an antiseptic: you can infect an infection.

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    Removing a splinter with ointment

    You can buy and store in advance “Ichthyol ointment” in your medicine cabinet. The product has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties and does not allow suppuration.

    The ointment should be applied to the wound, covered with a plaster, left for several hours or overnight. Then – remove the splinter with tweezers.

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    Potato splinter removal

    Grate fresh potatoes. Apply gruel to the wound, glue and leave for several hours.

    Removing aloe splinter

    Cut an aloe leaf and attach the pulp to the splinter, cover with a bandage or plaster. If necessary, repeat the procedure several times, changing the patch.

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    Splinter removal with salt

    Mix hot water with salt, moisten a cotton pad.Secure it in place of the splinter. Re-wet the cotton when it dries.

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    Removing the splinter with tape

    Stick a piece of tape to the affected area. Don’t press too hard. Tear off the tape gently or repeat the procedure several times until the splinter is removed.

    Splinter removal with bottle

    Pour hot water into the bottle, leaving a centimeter up to the top. Hold your finger over the neck of the bottle, pressing lightly on it.The heat from the water will steam the skin and “pull out” the foreign body.

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    How to get a thorn out of your finger. How to remove a splinter using home remedies and folk recipes

    Splinter is an unpleasant business, no one has yet been able to avoid this trouble. Each has its own proven way to remove a splinter, but it does not always turn out to be effective.

    There are many useful tips, ranging from simple – to hook with tweezers and pull out, ending with an appeal to immediately rush to the doctor.Before considering all the methods, useful and not very useful, you need to remember the following: it is not always possible to pull out a splinter on your own, sometimes you really need to immediately go to a doctor. In some cases, splinters cause suppuration and even blood poisoning. When do you need to seek medical help?

    • The splinter sits deeply, affecting not only the top layer of the skin;
    • The wound is dirty, there is redness and hardening around it, a twitching pain is felt;
    • A splinter is a thorn of an unknown plant (possibly poisonous), a scale or a claw of an animal.

    In all other cases, when a tiny splinter sits in the upper layer of the epidermis, it is a nuisance, but does not require immediate surgery. Grandma’s advice will help you remove the splinter without problems with simple folk remedies.

    7 ways to get a splinter out

    • Tweezers
      . Can be used if the splinter tip is on the surface. Look carefully through the magnifying glass to see where the splinter is located. Disinfect the tweezers with alcohol.Grab the tip with tweezers. Make sure not to catch a patch of skin or hair on it. Do not try to squeeze the skin to push the splinter out – you will only grip the splinter tighter inside and it may break. Pull the splinter in the direction it entered the skin. If it entered obliquely, then do not pull straight, it will most likely break.
    • Needle
      . This method is suitable if the splinter entered at an angle and the tip cannot be grasped with tweezers. If there is only a thin layer of skin above the splinter, then treat the tip of the needle with an alcohol solution, determine the site of the splinter’s penetration, and use the needle to open a small area of ​​skin just above the splinter.As a rule, this is enough to pick up the splinter with tweezers or a needle and pull it out. This task requires a very steady hand and very good eyesight.
    • Adhesive tape
      . Suitable for removing a large number of very small splinters, fiberglass particles or pubescence of certain types of cacti (prickly pear, for example). To remove the splinter, cut a piece large enough to cover the entire area with the thorns. A large piece will help you not miss anything, but depending on the location of the damage, using it may be inconvenient and difficult to remove. In such cases, take several smaller pieces. Carefully cover the damaged area with tape. Don’t press too hard, just let the tape stick. Remove the tape carefully. The thorns should remain on it. Repeat as needed until all particles have been removed.
    • PVA glue or medical glue
      . Suitable if the child has a splinter, the edge of the splinter is visible, but the child does not allow it to be pulled out with tweezers or a needle. Apply glue to the splinter and let it dry. It remains only to remove the dried glue along with the splinter.
    • Baking Soda
      . This method is useful for removing tiny, barely visible splinters whose tip is not visible above the surface of the skin. The baking soda paste will make the skin swell and push the splinter to the surface. It is better to use this method after all the others, as the swollen skin will make the application of other methods (using duct tape, tweezers or needles) very difficult.
    • Medical plaster
      . This method is well suited if the skin over the wound is healed and dry, but part of the splinter remains.Just stick a piece of adhesive plaster over this place (it’s better to take not a bactericidal one with a gauze pad, but a rolled one to fix the dressings) and hold it for a day or a day. If you get it wet while washing or doing housework, then it’s even better. Under such a sticker, the skin swells, the crust over the splinter softens and it is most often removed with the plaster.
    • Aloe
      . A piece of aloe houseplant, cut and attached to the wound with a plaster, perfectly softens the tissue.Aloe juice has a bactericidal and wound healing effect. You can fix part of the fleshy leaf with a plaster or bandage. It is enough to hold for a couple of hours. After such a “compress”, the splinter can be easily pulled out with tweezers or even fingers.

    It is also useful to know that most small splinters will come to the surface within a few days or a week without assistance. Sometimes it is easier and better to let the body handle the problem on its own. However, periodically inspect the site of injury for infection: unlikely, but still possible.

    It is necessary to pull out the splinter quickly and competently, because in addition to unpleasant painful sensations, it can also become the cause of the inflammatory process.

    Wood burrs, metal shavings, a glass shard, a thorn from a plant and even a fish bone – this is an incomplete list of small objects that can become the starting material for such a nuisance as a splinter.

    Do not try to squeeze the splinter out by squeezing with your fingers on both sides of the body where it has stuck.

    At best, you will not pull it out; at worst, you simply drive it even deeper, splitting it into pieces.

    Preparatory work

    Thoroughly damaged skin area. Perform this procedure as quickly as possible without letting the skin and splinter (especially if it is made of wood) get wet.

    To dry the skin, use a paper towel to gently blot the surface of the skin without applying excessive pressure.

    Carefully examine the splinter using a magnifying glass or lens. Depending on the size of the splinter and the angle at which it entered the skin, one or another method of removing it will be chosen.

    Needle

    Use a splinter extraction with a needle in cases where the splinter is located almost parallel to the surface of the skin, and the layer of epithelium above the splinter is thin and delicate.

    After disinfecting the tip of the needle with an alcohol solution and armed with a magnifying glass, insert the tip of the needle at a shallow depth into the place where the splinter penetrates. Using the needle as a lever, gently pull the base upward and expose the area of ​​skin above the splinter.

    Repeat the procedure until the splinter under the skin is at least half accessible.Pick up the splinter with the tip of a needle or grab the tip with tweezers and pull it out of your body.

    Tweezers

    If the splinter has pierced at a significant angle to the surface of the skin, and its tip protrudes outward and is clearly visible, it is better to use tweezers.

    After rubbing the tweezers’ legs with alcohol, firmly grasp the tip of the splinter with them. Check if you have caught any hairs or part of the skin along with the splinter.

    Without loosening your grip, remove the splinter smoothly and without jerking.It is very important to pull it out at the same angle at which it plunged into the body, otherwise the splinter may break.

    Compresses

    If the location of the splinter is difficult to determine visually or its tip does not protrude from the skin, it is better to get rid of it with the help of compresses.

    Compresses are indispensable even in the case when all attempts to remove the splinter mechanically using a needle or tweezers were unsuccessful.

    Ichthyol ointment is sold in every pharmacy and is not a prescription drug.After lubricating the damaged area of ​​the skin with ointment, apply a bandage on it or cover it with a plaster.

    A day later, the splinter will painlessly and guaranteed to come out of the wound. The only drawback of this method is the unpleasant smell of ichthyol ointment.

    A baking soda compress is an equally effective way to get rid of a splinter.

    After mixing baking soda with water to a pasty consistency, apply the resulting mixture to the problem area of ​​the skin and fix with a bandage for several hours.The soda will swell the skin and push the splinter out.

    Potato wedges or banana peel (inside) can be used as compresses. They are usually applied at night.

    A dressing moistened with hydrogen peroxide, olive oil, tar or resin of coniferous trees will help to get rid of the splinter.

    After removing the splinter, be sure to treat the wound with hydrogen peroxide, iodine or brilliant green.

    Use the above methods of removing the splinter only if it got into the finger and nearby areas of the upper and lower extremities.

    Never try to remove the splinter from the face or neck by yourself – in order to avoid complications, seek qualified medical help.

    Take care of yourself! Always be healthy!

    A deep splinter is not easy to pull out. If this is done in a hurry, then you can drive it even deeper under the skin. if it is deeply embedded in our body? Effectively, with composure and with consistency! Some knowledge is needed here. Which? Find out now! Forward!

    How to remove a splinter if it is deep?

    Option number 1: deep, but visible

    The first step is to inspect the place of its entrance.

    If you see that its end is above the surface of the skin (in spite of the fact that it itself “dug in” thoroughly), then you can try to pull out the splinter right away. How to do it? Use tweezers (at worst, cosmetic tweezers). Apply rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to the wound. Don’t forget to disinfect your hands and tweezers (tweezers). To remove it successfully, and the splinter does not break off halfway, do not pull it with sudden movements. Pull the foreign body out smoothly and at the same angle at which it entered the skin.

    Option number 2: deep and not visible

    How to remove a splinter if it is deeply embedded in the flesh? Here, you and I will have to be extremely careful, because in this case it will be difficult to see it, and you will not be able to pull it out entirely. It is necessary to steam the affected area well. To do this, prepare a bowl of hot water, add soapy water, and then dip the affected area into it for 5 minutes several times. Please note that the splinter can crawl out on its own.

    If you still could not get the splinter out of the steamed place, then seek the help of a traumatologist.Either way, steaming skin is good. At least there won’t be an abscess in this place. When the splinter is pulled out, be sure to treat the wound with an antiseptic (furacilin, potassium permanganate, alcohol, iodine, brilliant green, and so on).

    How to remove a deep splinter with folk remedies?

    Oddly enough, but most of the popular methods in this case are really effective! I recommend that you use tar. It is necessary to thickly lubricate the area affected by the splinter and, armed with disinfected manicure tweezers or tweezers, wait for its appearance.Usually, a deep splinter appears 15 minutes after treatment. At this moment, you need to grab it with tweezers and pull it towards you. Do not forget about the splinter pulling technique (see above). As an alternative to tar – a piece of aloe, which should be applied and fixed on the affected area. The effect is the same: the skin is softened, all debris is removed. Since the wound from a deep splinter is large, it should be treated with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and then isolated from possible contamination with a medical plaster (bandage).

    How to remove a splinter if it is deeply embedded under the nail?

    Medieval torture

    A splinter under the nail is a mass of various inconveniences and terrible discomfort. The periungual areas are rich in nerve receptors, which means they are very sensitive and painful. This was used in medieval torture by driving needles under the nails.

    How to remove a splinter from a nail?

    As with a deep splinter, the steaming method must be used here.Pour in as hot water as possible (so that you can endure it), add baking soda or salt to it. We put our suffering finger there and hold it until the water cools down to room temperature. Then, with disinfected tweezers, slowly pull it out. If you can’t do anything on your own, go to a traumatologist urgently!

    A splinter is a sharp foreign body that is embedded under the skin or under the nail. Any object can be a splinter – fragments from wood chips, wood, thorns of plants, thorns of grass, small metal parts – shavings, parts of metal objects.In medicine, splinters in the finger are most often associated with a disease such as acute inflammation of the tissues of the finger.

    Symptoms

    The symptoms of a splinter can be easily noticed almost immediately. However, not all splinters take root painfully. Most of them are so small that they painlessly penetrate into the skin, and a person notices them after the splinter has festered. In the place where the splinter has penetrated, after a while redness occurs, the touch is unpleasant, a sharp stabbing pain is felt.The finger swells, swells. Sometimes, if the splinter is dark in color and located not deep from the surface of the skin, it can be seen with the naked eye.

    If the splinter is not pulled out, then suppuration around the splinter will be added to these symptoms, which is expressed in the appearance of purulent contents at the injection site. Most often, together with a splinter, a mass of microbes penetrates, which cause a response from the body. Suppuration under the nail plate is especially dangerous, from where it is difficult to pull out the splinter. In addition, under the nail plate, the skin is thinner and more delicate, the capillaries are closer in it, so suppuration will pass faster.

    How to remove a shallow splinter

    It should be noted right away that few of the patients come with a splinter to a medical institution. Most people try to cope with the splinter on their own, so if it is shallow, then there is nothing wrong with it – it is important to follow all the rules that relate to the removal of foreign bodies from the body and everything will be fine.

    There are several ways you can get rid of a splinter. Some of them are far from medical care, since household materials are used, but, nevertheless, they will also help to achieve the goal.

    First, let’s recall a few rules
    , which are relevant for all splinter removal methods:

    1. the place of suppuration should be treated with an antiseptic;
    2. Any splinter can only be removed with a clean, alcohol-treated object;
    3. before removing a wooden splinter, it is better not to steam your hand in warm water, hoping that it will come out better – this will make the splinter softer and it will be more difficult to pull it out;
    4. In no case should you try to squeeze out a splinter – this can drive it deeper or break it;
    5. after removing the splinter, the affected area is also treated with an antiseptic.

    This focus on the cleanliness of the procedure is not accidental, since a festering splinter can bring much more problems than we think.

    1. Ichthyol ointment
      . With the help of this ointment, not entirely pleasant to the smell, you can remove the splinter the very next day. It is enough just to apply a small pea of ​​ointment to the puncture site and seal it with adhesive plaster. The next day after removing the adhesive plaster, you need to carefully consider its reverse side – if the splinter comes out, it will be noticeable on the adhesive plaster.
    2. Baking soda
      . If you make a paste out of regular baking soda and put it on your finger for a while, this will make the skin swell and pop the splinter out. This method is good for small splinters close to the surface. If the splinter is deep, then you need to use other methods.
    3. Adhesive tape
      . This method is also suitable for small splinters, the tip of which is visible on the surface. For the procedure, the finger must be dry so that the adhesive tape can adhere well to the surface.Better if it is a very sticky adhesive plaster. First you need to examine the finger and find out in which direction the splinter stuck. Next, a tape is glued to this place and removed in the opposite direction from how the splinter entered.
    4. Tweezers
      . This method is also well suited for surface splinters. Tweezers and the place with a splinter are treated with an antiseptic. Having easily picked up the splinter by the edge, you need to try to pull it out in the opposite direction from the line of entry into the skin.If the splinter is not pulled out, it is better not to use force. Also, do not squeeze the tweezers too much so as not to break the splinter at the very base – then it will be much more difficult to pull it out.
    5. Needle
      . If the splinter has completely entered the skin, but it is visible with the naked eye, then a needle can be an excellent method. Only you need to use not a sewing needle, but a needle from a syringe, of course, a new one. Such a needle has sharper edges and it can be used to pull out a splinter almost painlessly.After sterilization, the needle is gently inserted over the splinter in the direction of its advancement, the skin is slightly lifted and the sharp edge of the needle is as if trimmed. As a result of these manipulations, the splinter will be exposed, it can be picked up and easily pulled out.
    6. Adhesive
      . In this way, you can pull out a splinter sticking out on the surface. A drop of glue (for example, PVA) or nail polish is dripped onto the place where the splinter enters. After the adhesive mass has hardened, it will be very easy to separate it from the skin surface by lightly picking up the edges with your fingernail.In most cases, along with the glue, a splinter comes out, but you need to see it in order to fully assert that the splinter has come out. If in doubt, it is better to use another method.

    How to remove a deep splinter from a finger

    If a splinter is visible near the surface of the skin, it is almost impossible to see a splinter deep in the skin. The fact that it is there can only be guessed by the painful sensations that accompany pressing the finger.

    To pull out a deep splinter, it is necessary to assess the situation and then take a decision.If the splinter has already festered and the abscess formed near it is clearly visible, then it would be most correct to apply Vishnevsky’s ointment to the affected area
    .

    Despite the fact that recently in medical circles they began to be skeptical about Vishnevsky’s ointment, nevertheless, with limited formed purulent cavities close to the surface of the skin, the ointment contributes to their aggravation and further breakthrough on the surface. That is why, after Vishnevsky’s ointment, the skin and its edges seem to turn outward.

    If you apply the ointment at night and wait until the abscess breaks out and the pus comes out, then you can “drive out” the splinter together with it.

    Another way to get a splinter is to soak your finger in a solution of soda and iodine
    . For one glass, you need to add one tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of iodine so that the water turns a little colored. Boiling water is poured into the glass and after the hot water can be withstood, a finger is lowered into the glass for ten to fifteen minutes so that the skin softens and swells as much as possible from the water.

    Usually, after such a procedure, splinters themselves rise to the surface and they can be easily pulled out by the methods described above.

    How to remove a splinter from under the nail

    If a splinter has entered under the nail, then most often the person immediately feels a sharp pain, since there are many nerve endings under the nail and the burnt splinter will immediately make itself felt.

    First of all, wash your hands and nail plates well and check if there is any dirt under the nails. Most often, during gardening work, it is under the nails that earth and other dirt accumulates.It needs to be removed. You also need to wash off the varnish in order to see how deeply the splinter has entered and where it is.

    Before starting to pull out the splinter, the nail should be trimmed as much as possible in order to have better access to the splinter. If the splinter is visible, then you can try to pick it up with tweezers or a needle and stretch it to the edge of the nail, and then gently pull it out by the tip. If the splinter is not visible and is deep, then the finger must be steamed with a soda-iodine solution.Then you can repeat the procedure and try to pull out the splinter.

    If you cannot remove the splinter from under the nail, you can go to a medical institution, where doctors will professionally process the surface of the nail and remove the splinter. You may need to remove the nail plate and part of it. This manipulation is possible only in a medical facility and is carried out under local anesthesia. Of course, for some time you will have to walk around with a bandage and not a very aesthetic appearance, but this is better than suppuration under the nail plate.In any case, a splinter under the nail that is not removed will lead to a doctor.

    What to do after removing the splinter

    So, if the splinter is successfully removed, then you need to properly process the surface. By the way, when removing a splinter, it is better to achieve the first drop of blood – this will wash the wound and wash out possible dirt, microbes, etc. to the surface. Next, the place of the splinter must be disinfected. Ideally, if you have alcohol on hand, but if it is not there, you can rinse the affected area with any available means – vodka, cologne, iodine or brilliant green.After the wound has been processed, it is not possible to apply levomekol on it. If the wound is small, then it can be simply disinfected – the skin at the puncture site will shrink very quickly and the integrity will be restored.

    Having removed the splinter, you need to look at the wound from time to time and notice if there is any suppuration. Perhaps, at the site of the splinter’s penetration, a small piece of it could remain, a fragment, which will fester and create problems. In this case, the procedure will need to be carried out again in order to completely get rid of the splinter.

    When splinters cannot be removed

    Despite the fact that there are many tips for removing a splinter, nevertheless, not in all cases you can remove it yourself. So, a splinter cannot be removed if:

    • the splinter is located close to the eye;
    • the splinter entered so deep that it is not visible and it is not possible to pull it out on its own;
    • the splinter split in two, broke off deep inside;
    • glass or metal embedded in the skin as a splinter;
    • the site of introduction of the splinter quickly turned red, swollen, and began to bleed.

    If a child gets a splinter

    Do not panic – the splinter can be safely pulled out if the baby is not scared and gives the opportunity to work with a finger. Others need to calm the child and carry out all the above manipulations. If the baby is afraid of needles and tweezers, then you can try to pull out the splinter with duct tape or adhesive tape so as not to injure the psyche because of such a trifle. If the baby is brave, then it would be best to lift the splinter with a needle and pull it out with tweezers in the opposite direction and at the same angle.It is very good if the child is busy with something (watching a cartoon, solving riddles) so that the whole procedure is less noticeable.

    Some parents successfully pull out splinters in children in a dream, but this is possible only if the baby is sound asleep, and the splinter is clearly visible and can be easily removed.

    How to protect a child from splinters

    Of course, it is easier to protect a child from splinters than to remove splinters from a toddler. To do this, it is important to follow a few simple rules:

    • Keep your home clean so that you don’t see chips, etc.etc .;
    • to remove broken glass on time;
    • Do not allow playing with unprocessed wooden objects;
    • To examine the hands of a child after playing in the sand, staying in the village.

    What Doctors Do

    If it was not possible to remove the splinter on your own, then you need to contact the nearest medical institution for professional help. After the initial examination, the doctor will disinfect the surface, anesthetize the area with the splinter, and remove the splinter through a small incision.

    Splinters come in all shapes and sizes. However, they all bring pain. Oddly enough, usually the smallest fragments cause more problems and discomfort, because they are difficult to pull out of the finger. Fortunately, there are many different ways to get a splinter.

    Tips

    1. Do not push. Don’t even squeeze the skin to try to pull the splinter out. If the shard is sharp, the pressure will push it even deeper into the skin. Also, by squeezing, you can break the shard into small pieces.

    2. Wash and dry the area with soap and water. Be gentle. Pat your skin dry (with a paper towel that absorbs moisture well). It is not necessary for, for example, wood chips to be wet.

    3. Examine the splinter under a magnifying glass. The size of the shard and the angle at which it is stuck in your skin will help you choose the best method to remove.

    4. Remove the shard. Treat the splinter using one or a combination of the following methods.

    5.Clean up the damaged area. Apply antibacterial ointment and cover with adhesive tape while your finger heals. Watch for signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus).

    Painless splinter removal method

    This method is completely painless and will take about one day. Buy ichthyol ointment, available over-the-counter at the pharmacy. The ointment may not be on display, but ask your pharmacist, ichthyol is usually found in every pharmacy. Apply a small amount of the ointment to the splinter and cover your finger with adhesive tape.After a day, remove the patch, the chip usually comes out by itself. Be careful not to smear the ointment as it is greasy and has an unpleasant odor.

    Soda method

    This method is best for tiny, invisible shards. Make a paste with water and about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Place the baking soda on a bandage and stick to the affected area. Remove the bandage after 24 hours.
    The shard should stick out of the skin.
    If it is visible, use tweezers to remove it.If the splinter is difficult to see, then gently rinse the skin with water.
    Repeat the method with a new paste and keep the bandage on for 24 hours until the debris comes out.
    It is best to use this method after others.

    Adhesive plaster method

    1. Carefully stick the adhesive plaster with the adhesive base on the skin with the splinter.
    2. Pull in the opposite direction to release the splinter.

    Tweezers method

    This method is most familiar to us from childhood.It works best when the splinter is visible and protrudes above the surface of the skin.

    1. Sterilize the tip of the forceps with alcohol.

    2. Hold the magnifying glass over the shard and locate the protruding part of the shard. Reach out for a splinter in a well-lit room. If the shard is sticking up or at an angle, proceed to the next step. If it has entered horizontally against the skin, do not use this method, but rather use a needle or nail clippers.

    3. Take the tip of the shard with tweezers.Have someone hold a magnifying glass to help you. If you can’t grab it without squeezing your skin, try another method.

    4. Pull the splinter in the direction it entered the skin. For example, if it goes a little at an angle, do not pull it up, or it will most likely break.

    Needle method

    Use this method if the splinter has entered the skin horizontally and is visible under the skin. This is not a good way if the shard is deep or under a thick layer of skin (for example, on the heel of your foot).

    1. Sterilize the needle tip with alcohol.

    2. Find the spot where the splinter entered the skin.

    3. Insert the needle shallowly into the skin.

    4. Use the tip of the needle to open the skin just above the splinter. Make scraping movements.

    5. You should see a shard.

    6. Use tweezers to remove the splinter if the tip is sticking out. Otherwise, you may have to use a needle to gently push out the chip. If something doesn’t work out, use the baking soda method.

    This step requires a very steady hand and very good vision.

    Nail clippers / blade

    This method is suitable if the shard has not entered deeply, under thick and not very sensitive skin, for example, in the heel of your foot or the ball of your toe (if you have thick skin).

    1. Sterilize the sharp edges of the wire cutters with alcohol.

    2. Bite off the excess skin over the splinter with the nippers, or use the blade (parallel to the shard). It shouldn’t hurt, you should feel the same as cutting your cuticles.

    3. Gently open the incision and you will see a splinter.

    4. Use tweezers to pull it out if the tip is sticking out. Otherwise, you may have to use a needle to gently push the shard.

    Potato method

    1. Cut a slice from the potato.

    2. Place the piece on the shard (yellowish side down).

    3. Leave it there for a while, and the potatoes may pull out the splinter.

    4.Don’t push.

    Remember that most small debris will come out of the skin on their own within a few days or a week. Sometimes it is easier and less harmful to allow the body to heal itself. Watch for any signs of infection, although this is unlikely, but possible.

    You can dry the area with a splinter with alcohol, not peroxide.

    If the splinter is severe, have a healthcare professional take a look at it. Do not reach it yourself.

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