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Splinter infection in foot: How to Remove a Splinter


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At our Downtown and Midtown foot clinics, our customized splinter and foreign body treatments are specifically designed to minimize pain and discomfort and help you avoid infection. Depending on the severity of your injury, our foot doctors can remove the splinter safely and quickly in the office and prescribe antibacterial ointment to ensure it heals quickly and without any undesirable side effects.


A splinter is a shard of wood, plastic, metal, broken glass, or any small object that can become stuck at the bottom of the foot after accidentally stepping on it. 


A splinter in the foot will cause pain and discomfort upon walking. You may even feel a sensation of something embedded under the skin. 

Treatment Options

Splinter removal, local wound care, and/or possible antibiotics if there is an infection.  While a small splinter can be removed at home, a large or deep splinter should be removed by a podiatrist.  

Treatment Option Description (with Duration)

If you’ve accidentally stepped on something and the foreign body is hard to get out, you need medical attention. Depending on how deep the foreign body is, your podiatrist will generally numb the area and remove the splinter safely in the office. If there is a wound on the bottom of the foot from the foreign body, you will need to keep the site clean and covered with an antibiotic ointment and either a dressing or a bandaid, depending on the severity. If there are any signs of infection (redness, warmth, swelling, and oozing pus), antibiotics will be required. 

Expected Outcome

Foreign bodies should be treated as soon as possible. If treatment is delayed, the foreign body can become deeper and/or the area may become infected. If treated early, the foreign body can be easily removed at the doctor’s office and your chance of getting an infection can thus be reduced. 

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If you are suffering from a wound caused by a foreign body or splinter, our New York foot doctors can help! Serving the Downtown and Midtown Manhattan areas of NYC, we help you get back to healthy and happy living.  Call us at 917-398-3668 or book an appointment online.

Splinter Removal 101 (and How to Prevent Infection)

Ouch! If you’re working outdoors or in the kitchen, at some point in your lifetime you’ll encounter a splinter. Whether a sharp sliver of wood, a glass shard or other debris, splinters can be a real nuisance.

You may be tempted to ignore a splinter, especially if it doesn’t hurt. But a foreign object embedded in your skin can put you at risk for an infection—and no one should ever want that.

“Our skin is our natural barrier against the outside world. So when the skin is broken by a cut or puncture, that barrier is broken, and bacteria can then enter the body,” said Daniel Bates, MD, a physician lead at Banner Urgent Care. “If your body’s immune system can’t destroy them fast enough, the bacteria will start feeding off your body’s nutrients, growing, multiplying and damaging surrounding tissue. That’s why it’s important to clean out wounds to remove as much contaminating bacteria as possible.

The more you can remove, the less there is for your immune system to clean up, and the better chances you have to prevent an infection.

While many incidents of splinters turn out to be no big deal and can be safely removed at home with a good pair of tweezers, there are cases where you’ll need to see a health care specialist. Dr. Bates shared what tools you’ll need and the steps to take to safely remove a splinter at home, and when you should leave it to the experts.

The first-aid supplies you’ll need to safely remove a splinter

  • Soap and water. The best thing you can do to prevent infection in any wound is to wash it out with clean running water. You can use tap water or bottled water but avoid disinfectants like alcohol, iodine and hydrogen peroxide. “This actually kills the healthy tissue in your wound and can increase (not decrease) your risk of infection,” Dr. Bates said.
  • Gauze, clean tissues, paper towel or cloth. You can use these to dry up the wound, apply pressure and clean up any bleeding.
  • A good pair of tweezers. Tweezers have many uses, from self-care to pulling pesky splinters. A “good” pair will have a fine tapered point and the jaws should close evenly so you can grab fine objects like splinters and hairs.
  • A fine sewing needle. This should have a thin enough point to stab into the side of a splinter and not simply push it around. It should also be long enough that you can get a good grip and have control. Too short, and you may not be able to get it out effectively.
  • A good source of light. Having a good source of light is a must. Use a bright reading light, head lamp or other focused light source.
  • Disinfectants (for the tools, not your wound). “These really have one purpose: to clean,” Dr. Bates said. “They should be used to disinfect your tools and skin that hasn’t been broken to remove bacteria before any invasive procedure. ” If used in a wound and you’ll kill the healthy tissue you need to start the defense and repair process.

Steps to safely remove a splinter

Step 1: Rinse the area

A good rule of thumb is to run the wound under cold running water for 30 seconds. If you’re not near a water source, use about 20 ounces of bottled water to flush out the area. If the wound is dirty or greasy, use a gentle soap to clean the wound. As well, don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water.

Step 2: Sterilize your tools

Use the disinfectant (iodine, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol) to sanitize your tweezers and/or needle.

Step 3: Remove the splinter

If the splinter is shallow enough, you can use a needle to gently scratch or pick the skin open above the splinter. Then you can either use the needle to back out the splinter or grasp the end with tweezers to pull it out.

Step 4: Rewash the area

Once you’ve removed the glass or wood splinter, clean the wound as well as you can with soap and water.

Step 5: Cover

Cover the wound with gauze or a clean bandage to stop bleeding and prevent contamination of the wound. If you prefer, you can use an antibiotic ointment, but it’s not necessary.

What to do when a splinter is no longer a DIY

“Keep a close eye on the wound for signs of infection,” Dr. Bates said. “If you begin to have increased redness and pain or puslike discharge, seek medical care as soon as possible.”

As well, if you’re not able to remove the pesky splinter, it occurs on a joint or it’s deeply embedded in your skin, you should see your health care provider or go to your local urgent care and have it removed to prevent infection.

“In general, any splinter that penetrates through the full thickness of the skin into the tissue below needs to be seen by a health care provider to determine whether the wound needs to be explored and whether preventive antibiotics need to be prescribed,” Dr. Bates said. “This is particularly true for treated wood products.

Treated lumber is coated with antifungal chemicals to prevent rot. Without the natural wood fungus, more aggressive bacteria tend to grow in the wood, and they can cause some devastating infections.

Also, patients who have diabetes should be very careful with wounds on the feet. “I would recommend any diabetic patients who have any foot wound that goes through the full thickness of the skin should be evaluated,” advised Dr. Bates.

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Neglected Foreign Body, the Cause of Navicular Osteomyelitis in A Paediatric Foot: A Case Report

J Orthop Case Reports. 2013 Jul-Sep; 3(3): 26–29.

C.M Chandrashekara

1Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Al-Buraimi Hospital. Sultanate of Oman.


A George

1Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Al-Buraimi Hospital. Sultanate of Oman.

Bader Said Khamis Al-Marboi

1Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Al-Buraimi Hospital. Sultanate of Oman.

1Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Al-Buraimi Hospital. Sultanate of Oman.

Address of Correspondence Chandrashekara C.M Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Al-Buraimi Hospital. Sultanate of Oman E-mail- [email protected] : © Indian Orthopaedic Research GroupThis is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.This article has been cited by other articles in PMC.



Foreign body injuries with date thorns, metal and wooden splinters are common in Middle East region, as most of it is desert. Some of the injuries lead to cellulitis or abscess formation, if neglected or improperly managed results in osteomyelitis or septic arthritis of foot structures. This is the first report of isolated navicular osteomyelitis following neglected foreign body in a paediatric foot.

Case Report:

A 10 year old male patient presented with discharging sinus in left mid-foot 3 years after penetrating injury with wooden splinter. The diagnosis of navicular osteomelitis is confirmed with plain radio-graphs. The ultrasound of foot was done to localize the foreign bodies. Patient was treated with complete removal of foreign body (wooden splinters), surgical debridement and combination of IV and oral cloxacillin for period of 6 weeks. At 18 months follow up, patient had painless foot with no recurrence or collapse of navicular bone.


The neglected foreign body can result in osteomyelitis of small bones of foot in pediatric patient. The ultrasound is more useful tool in localizing foreign bodies; those are not radio-opaque. Early and prompt diagnosis with adequate treatment of established osteomyelitis by complete removal of foreign body, curettage and antibiotics can give good results.

Keywords: Osteomyelitis, Navicular bone, Foreign body, Paediatric


The majority of Oman is geographically a desert and 25% of children account for total population residing in suburban, rural areas and most walk with open foot wear for daily activities. Thus they are exposed to wide range of injuries from simple puncture wounds to complete penetration caused by date thorns and wooden splinters. The significant numbers of injuries are minor and cause short-term discomfort. However most of the patients rarely seek medical attention.

Most of deep seated infections of structures of foot reported in literature are commonly due to prick injuries related to thorns, nails. However, no case of isolated osteomyelitis of navicular bone caused by neglected foreign body has been reported in literature. Most of isolated cases are primary acute or subacute osteomyelitis. Late presentation can be possible in Middle East countries due to negligence of patients. Pain and inability to bear weight are the main concerns of the affected patient, as the mobility is impaired

Case Report

We present a previously healthy 10 year old boy, presented with history of on and off pain in the left foot for 3 months duration. He was treated with analgesics and observation. Later, patient presented with swelling in the foot, which progressed to rupture. On further evaluation into past history, he gives history of penetrating injury with wooden splinter 3 years back.

On presentation, there was discharging sinus over medial border of mid foot corresponding to navicular bone with mild swelling and tenderness over plantar aspect without any antecedent systemic symptoms. Plain x-rays revealed multiple osteolytic lesions involving the navicular bone with osteoporosis and intact articular surface without collapse (). His laboratory values were within normal limits. Pre-operative ultrasound suggested fragments of foreign body with surrounding collection on plantar aspect of mid-foot. CT-scan was done rule out adjacent bone involvement ()

Pre-op X-ray: showing osteolytic lesion involving navicular bone with intact cortex

Pre-Op CT scan: showing multiple osteolytic lesions involving whole of navicular bone without involving adjacent joints

Surgical exploration was done through two incisions. Through plantar incision, the wooden splinters with surrounding pockets of frank pus drained from deeper layer of foot and sent for cultures (). There was sinus tract lined by granulation tissue extending from wooden splinter (foreign body) to the exterior on medial aspect on navicular bone perforating the bone itself. The sinus tract was excised completely through the medial incision () and wodden splinters were removed (). Navicular bone was curetted with small dental bur and debridements of wounds were done through the medial incision. The wounds were closed over suction drains. Patient was prescribed initial 2 weeks of IV cloxacillin followed 4 weeks of oral cloxacillin, as the pus culture yielded staphylococcus aureus sensitive to cloxacillin. Fungal culture was negative. Biopsy showed inflammed granulation tissue and foci of granulomatous inflammation. The foot was protected in plaster and non weight bearing for period of 10 weeks. Patient recovered well with no recurrence or collapse at 18 months follow-up.

Plantar “lazy S incision” over medial aspect of foot, exposing wooden splinters

Second incision over medial aspect of midfoot including sinus

The removed specimen of wooden splinters


Foreign body penetration injuries are very much common in Middle East region especially in children. Foreign bodies can be retained for a significant time before diagnosis, as high a 15 years [1]. In our case, the wooden splinter remained asymptomatic for three years. An unrecognized foreign body may be focus of acute or chronic infection [2]. The majority of osteomyelitis of paediatric foot bones are either primary or heamotogenous in origin, mainly involving calcaneum, talus, navicular, cuboid and metatarsal bones [3]. Most common organisms were Staphylococcus aureus or Group A Streptococcus [4] However, pseudomonas is common organism found in deep infection following plantar punctured wounds [5]. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of neglected foreign body as the cause of isolated navicular osteomyelitis in pediatric foot.

This patient presented with discharging sinus 3 years after penetrating injury with wooden splinter. Delayed presentation is a significant marker for deep-seated infection. Further infection or relapse after initial improvement suggests the presence of osteomyelitis or a retained foreign body [6]. Patient did not have any co-morbid conditions. Clinical signs were minimal compare to early presentation of patients with osteomyelitis. Since much of the spreading foot sepsis from puncture wounds is deep to the deep fascia, and because the sole of the foot has thick skin and subcutaneous fibrous septae, crepitus is not as easily appreciated as it is at other sites. Also the rubor of the inflammatory response is minimal in subfascial sepsis and it is therefore easy to underestimate the extent of deep gangrene [7]

Most of foreign bodies initiate a low grade inflammatory activity without causing infection. However, this patient had frank pus intra-operatively. Patient had radiological evidence of osteomyelitis. Ultrasound is more useful tool in localizing foreign bodies; those are not radio-opaque, especially when there is lack of MRI facility. However, ultrasound, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging should be considered for initial evaluation of these patients with penetrating injuries [8]. The CT scans correctly predicted the presence or absence of osteomyelitis and proved helpful in evaluating foot problems [9]. In our case, we did not do either MRI or bone scan for better evaluation of pathology. In countries with limited resources, the emphasis should be on clinical assessment for diagnosis, and good surgical technique for treatment[10].

Patient responded well for period of 6 weeks of cloxacillin. -At 18 months follow up, patient had painless foot without recurrence and collapse of navicular bone. The complete removal of foreign body, debridement and curettage was the key to successful treatment.


The neglected foreign body in pediatric foot can result in osteomyelitis. Ultrasound is more useful tool in localizing foreign bodies; those are not radio-opaque. Early and prompt diagnosis with adequate treatment of established osteomyelitis by complete removal of foreign body, curettage ofbone and antibiotics can give good results.

Clinical Message

The neglected foreign body penetrating injuries to foot can results in osteomyelitis. With prompt diagnosis and treatment good results can be achieved.


Conflict of Interest: Nil

Source of Support: None


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Splinters in Your Feet

posted: Nov. 01, 2021.

Getting splinters in the feet is fairly common. Of course, some people wonder if they can simply leave a splinter in their foot and let it work itself out. Others may not know how to safely remove a splinter, which can cause more harm than good. A podiatrist can help you remove splinters from your feet, particularly in children who may be squeamish about having parents remove them.

Why Splinters Need to be Removed

Regardless of whether the splinter is wood, glass, or even a plant thorn, you must remove it from the foot as soon as possible. Why? Because these foreign objects also contain germs, which can lead to an infection if the splinter isn’t promptly and fully removed.

How to Remove a Splinter Yourself

You probably have all the tools you need at home to remove a splinter safely. Of course, it’s important to go over the basics of safe splinter removal. Here are tips for safely removing the splinter:

  • Soak the foot in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before removing the splinter
  • Once the skin has softened in the water, see if you can squeeze the splinter out by simply applying pressure to both sides (like you would a pimple)
  • If squeezing doesn’t work, you can use tweezers or a sewing needle to remove the foreign object (just make sure to disinfect these tools first with rubbing alcohol)
  • If the splinter cannot be grabbed with tweezers, use the needle to create a small opening around the splinter to make it easier to grab
  • Be gentle and careful when removing the splinter to avoid breaking it

When To See a Podiatrist

While a splinter often isn’t a big deal there will be situations in which turning to a podiatric physician will be the best option. You should turn to one if:

  • You aren’t able to remove the splinter or foreign object yourself
  • The area becomes red, tender, swollen, or contains pus (signs of infection)
  • You feel like there’s a splinter but you can’t see it
  • You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet (do not try to remove a splinter yourself)
  • The splinter is too deep or too painful
  • Your child is too squeamish or won’t sit still so you can remove the splinter

If there is a foreign body in your foot or your child’s foot, or if there are symptoms of an infection present, it’s important that you turn to your podiatrist right away to have the splinter removed and the area properly treated.

Splinter or Sliver – West End Pediatrics

Symptom Definition

  • A splinter or sliver is a foreign body (FB) embedded in the skin. Most of these are slivers or splinters of wood. Others are slivers (thin fragments) of glass, metal or plastic. A few are thorns or cactus needles.
  • Most slivers are in the superficial skin and do not cause much pain. Deep or perpendicular slivers are painful to put pressure on.
  • Pencil lead is actually graphite (harmless), not poisonous lead. Even colored leads are nontoxic. They will cause a tattoo, however, and should be scrubbed out.
  • If slivers need to be removed in a medical setting, it’s better to see them quickly before they become hidden by swelling or pushed in more deeply by the parent or child. Also, the physician can numb the area before removal.

Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If

  • Deeply embedded FB (e.g. needle or toothpick in foot)
  • FB has a barb (e.g. fish hook)
  • FB is a BB from a pellet gun
  • FB is clear (glass or plastic)
  • Pencil lead or other pigment left in skin after FB removed
  • FB is causing severe pain
  • You are reluctant to take out FB or can’t get it out

Call Your Doctor within 24 Hours (between 9 and 4) If

  • You think your child needs to be seen
  • Deep puncture wound and last tetanus booster was > 5 years ago

Call Your Doctor during Weekday Office Hours If

  • You have other questions or concerns

Parent Care at Home If

  • Tiny, pain-free slivers that don’t need removal
  • Tiny plant stickers or fiberglass spicules
  • Minor slivers that need removal and you don’t think your child needs to be seen

Home Care Advice for Minor Slivers

  1. Tiny, Pain-Free Slivers: If superficial slivers are numerous, tiny, and pain-free, they can be left in. Eventually they will work their way out either with normal shedding of the skin or the body will reject them with a minor skin infection.
  2. Tiny Plant Stickers: Plant stickers (e.g. stinging nettle), cactus spines or fiberglass spicules are difficult to remove. Usually they break when pressure is applied with a tweezers.
    • Facial Gel: Apply a layer of facial gel or wax depilatory (hair remover). Let it air dry for 5 minutes or accelerate the process with a hair dryer. Then peel it off with the spicules. The others will usually work themselves out with normal shedding of the skin.
    • Tape: Another option is to lightly touch the area with packaging tape or another very sticky tape.
  3. Needle and Tweezers: Remove larger slivers with a needle and tweezers.
    • Check the tweezers beforehand to be certain the ends (pickups) meet exactly. (If they do not, bend them.) Sterilize the tools with rubbing alcohol or a flame.
    • Wash the skin surrounding the sliver briefly with soap and water before trying to remove it. Don’t soak the area if FB is wood. (Reason: can cause swelling of the splinter)
    • Use the needle to completely expose the large end of the sliver. Use good lighting. A magnifying glass may help.
    • Then grasp the end firmly with the tweezers and pull it out at the same angle that it went in. Getting a good grip the first time is especially important with slivers that go in perpendicular to the skin or those trapped under the fingernail.
    • For slivers under a fingernail, sometimes a wedge of the nail must be cut away with fine scissors to expose the end of the sliver
    • Superficial horizontal slivers (where you can see all of it) usually can be removed by pulling on the end. If the end breaks off, open the skin with a sterile needle along the length of the sliver and flick it out.
  4. Antibiotic Ointment: Wash the area with soap and water before and after removal. Apply an antibiotic ointment to the area once after removal to reduce the risk of infection.
  5. Call Your Doctor If
    • you Can’t get it all out
    • was Removed, but pain becomes worse
    • it Starts to look infected
    • your child becomes worse or develops any of the “Call Your Doctor Now” symptoms

Expert Offers Safe Splinter Removal Tips – Consumer Health News

SATURDAY, Aug. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The carefree barefoot days of summer can increase your risk of getting a splinter — pieces of wood or other foreign bodies that are partially or fully stuck in the skin.

Most splinters are easily taken care of at home. But, some deep splinters may need medical attention.

Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency room physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey, provided the following tips on how to safely remove a splinter:

  • Pull the end of the splinter that is sticking out of the skin with a pair of tweezers. Be sure to pull the splinter out in the same direction that it entered the skin.
  • If the entire splinter is under the skin, sterilize a small needle and the skin with alcohol. Use the needle to dislodge the splinter. Once it is partially out, use a pair of tweezers to remove it.
  • Once the splinter is out, wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • After cleaning the skin, apply antibacterial ointment and cover the wound with a bandage.

Some splinters may not be easily or safely removed at home, Davis noted in a hospital news release. Seek medical attention if the splinter seems very deep or if it is lodged under a fingernail. If a child with a splinter is unable to sit still long enough to allow it to be removed, it’s a good idea get help from a medical professional.

Splinters may contain germs, including bacteria. As a result, anyone who gets a splinter may develop an infection. Davis pointed out that signs of infection include:

  • Discharge (pus)
  • Pain
  • Redness or red streaking
  • Swelling

In rare cases, very large, deep splinters may affect nerves, tendons or even the blood vessels. In these cases, people may have issues with sensation or movement.

People with a splinter treated in the emergency room will likely be given antibiotics if it’s infected, Davis said. Anyone treated for a splinter who is not protected against tetanus will be vaccinated for tetanus.

People with diabetes, cancer, kidney disease or another chronic medical condition may also be given antibiotics to prevent infection. Anyone with diabetes that gets a splinter in the foot may also need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. Diabetes increases the risk for poor circulation and nerve damage. As a result, a splinter in the foot could result in severe complications.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about splinter removal.

Sliver or Splinter | Grayson Pediatrics

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.


  • 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)


  • 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: 12/10/2021 1:00:43 AM
Last Updated: 10/21/2021 1:00:49 AM

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How to remove a splinter quickly if it is deep

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Has a splinter got under your skin? Most often this happens painlessly, but it is fraught with consequences – suppuration and inflammation. You need to know how to remove the splinter correctly. Perform the procedure at home using the methods below.

How to remove a splinter: the rules

Initially, you need to understand whether you can handle it yourself or trust the medical staff.Start with an assessment of the lesion, examine the site of injury and find out the following points:

  • where the splinter got and how deeply it went under the skin;
  • In which direction the shard was stuck and what size it was.

If a splinter is visible under the skin, then you can remove it at home. Before any procedure, be sure to wash your hands and treat the affected area with warm water and soap. This will help prevent inflammation of the damaged skin.

Before pulling out the splinter (regardless of the place of penetration), I recommend that you follow these steps:

  1. Set up good lighting and prepare a magnifying glass to help you see the object stuck under the skin.
  2. Soak the affected body part in warm water. This will soften the skin and make the procedure easier.
  3. Do not try to pinch or squeeze the splinter, otherwise it will split into small pieces, making it difficult to remove.
  4. When using tools, be sure to boil them in water for 15 minutes and treat with alcohol.

When should I see a doctor? Experts know better how to remove a splinter if it:

  • is split into pieces;
  • stuck deep under the skin;
  • stuck under the nail plate on the leg or arm.

Hygiene: YouTube / Real Life Stories

These rules are also recommended by WebMD experts. If the wound bleeds, this is a serious reason to go to the hospital. Harmless damage can have serious consequences if a person’s immunity is weakened. It all starts with local inflammation and can turn into the following states:

  • tissue damage;
  • abscess;
  • sepsis.

This is possible if an infection penetrates along with the splinter. If the temperature rises or any worsening of the condition, it is better to see a doctor.

How to remove a splinter: effective methods

Are you sure you can handle it yourself? The PubMed article recommends removing the foreign object as quickly as possible to avoid inflammation and infection. Choose the appropriate method depending on the location of the lesion:

How to remove a splinter in a child

It is difficult for a small child to explain the need for a procedure, pain can not be avoided, but can be minimized To do this, use gentle methods: as an option – steaming.Grate a bar of baby soap and mix with 300 ml of hot water. Once the soap begins to dissolve, dip the affected area in a container for 10 minutes.

If, after steaming, the thorn is visible on the surface, then use adhesive tape. Here’s how to get the splinter:

  1. Carefully catch the splinter with the tape.
  2. Once the spike has adhered, remove the tape from the skin along with it.
  3. If necessary, repeat the procedure.

You can replace the tape with tweezers.

How to remove a splinter from a finger

When the thorn has penetrated deep into the skin and is not visible on the surface, tweezers with a needle will help. This method is described by experts at WebMD. In addition to tools, prepare alcohol and a cotton pad.

Here’s how to get a splinter out of your finger:

  1. Moisten the disc with alcohol, wipe the needle and tweezers.
  2. Gently pry the skin over the splinter with the needle.
  3. Grasp part of the thorn with tweezers.
  4. Remove in the same direction that it entered under the skin.

Then treat the area with warm water and soap.

How to get a thorn out: YouTube / Real life stories

How to get a thorn out of your heel

It’s good when a thorn is visible. But how to remove a splinter that is not visible? Since the leather on the heel is rough, tools alone won’t be enough. A splinter in the heel will appear on the surface after steaming.

Proceed as follows:

  1. Dilute 1 tsp in 300 ml of hot water. salt and soda.
  2. Soak your foot in the solution for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a needle and tweezers to remove the injured item.
  4. Disinfect the affected area with peroxide or soap and water.

Now you know how to get a deep splinter. I hope this information will be useful and help in a difficult situation. Remember: if there is swelling, redness and pain, consult a doctor.

Attention! The material is for informational purposes only. You should not resort to the treatments described in it without first consulting your doctor.


  1. Carol DerSarkissian. How do I remove a splinter? // WebMD. – 2018 .– December 23.
  2. Carol DerSarkissian. When should you call a doctor about a splinter? // WebMD. – 2020. – 16 January.
  3. Christina Chan. Splinter removal // PubMed. – 2003.

Author : Candidate of Medical Sciences Anna Ivanovna Tikhomirova

Reviewer: Candidate of Medical Sciences, Professor Ivan Georgievich Maksakov

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90,000 A boy splintered his foot with a human hair. It is possible

A child with a splinter in his leg got to the surgeon, and the doctor fell into a stupor: it turned out to be a human hair, which, moreover, moved under the patient’s skin. The boy’s parents were surprised and rushed to check the floors in the house (and advise others).

Dr. Hanafi Yahya, one of the founders of the Malaysian service DOCMOVE, which provides medical services to low-income people, received an eight-year-old boy for examination in early September.

His parents said that they had recently moved to a new house in the city of Sungai-Siput, and after the first night, their son complained of severe pain in his right leg.

Mom and Dad examined the boy several times, but did not notice anything, writes World Of Buzz, although after two days he could hardly step on his injured leg.

Only in Dr. Hanafi’s office did the parents understand why: the baby had hair under the skin of the foot. He moved: at first he was under the big toe, and after a while he ended up in the heel area.

If this hair could speak, it would be quoting Freddy Krueger, the killer maniac from the Nightmare on Elm Street movie series.

When I was alive, I was just a little nightmare. But after they killed me, I began to behave much worse.

Both the doctor and the parents were surprised.The boy was immediately sent for an operation that lasted 15 minutes. Hanafi pulled out a hair one and a half centimeters long. According to him, it was the strangest operation that he had to carry out.

The case turned out to be rare, but not exceptional: the child received a so-called hair splinter. Newly cropped hair is sharp enough to pass through the skin of a foot, especially a baby’s.

Despite its small size, hair splinters can cause quite severe pain and even bring an infection under the skin.The parents have already promised the doctor to check the floors in the house and not to allow such incidents again.

The boy, who decided to barter with the tooth fairy, also replenished the phobias’ piggy bank. The most dangerous gift for your teeth. He also received teeth back, but not human.

Another guy would dream of a splinter or a gift of teeth. Due to health problems, he underwent trepanation, and now with his appearance he surprises everyone around him. True, not by the absence of a piece of the skull, but by the figure.

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How to quickly remove a splinter and not make new problems

Before you get a splinter, assess the extent of the damage. Go to the doctor and do not try yourself if:

  1. The wound is dirty, and the skin around it is reddened and throbbing.
  2. The splinter is large and deep under the skin.
  3. Splinter in a hard-to-reach or sensitive place: under the nail, in the eye or near it, on the mucous membranes.
  4. An extraordinary case. For example, a poisonous plant has awarded you a thorn under your skin.

In traditional situations where the splinter is a regular piece of wood, metal or glass stuck in the top layers of the skin of your fingers, palms or heels, follow the instructions.

Step 1. Prepare your tools

You will need tissue paper, a germicidal patch, tweezers, a safety pin or sewing needle, a bright light source, and a magnifying glass or glasses if the splinter is hard to see.

A syringe needle can be used instead of a sewing needle. It is already sterile and does not need disinfection.

If you don’t have tweezers, find at least some tape.

Step 2. Disinfect instruments and wound

Wash your hands with soap or wipe them with an antiseptic. Treat the wound with chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or an alcohol-containing solution. Dry the wounded area with a napkin so that the tweezers do not slip.

Disinfect the tweezers and needle with alcohol, an alcohol-based solution (eg strong alcohol), and an alcohol wipe.If you don’t have anything alcoholic, but you have a lighter, use it: hold the needle over the fire until the tip turns red.

Step 3. Examine the splinter

Consider at what angle and how deep the splinter is. Do not squeeze the skin to squeeze out the foreign body: this way you can break the chip and drive it even deeper.

Small splinters that do not cause much discomfort should not be touched at all: they will come to the surface of the skin on their own in a couple of days.

Step 4. Remove the splinter

If the tip of the splinter sticks out of the skin, pinch it with tweezers and pull it out at the same angle at which the splinter entered the skin.

If the tip of the splinter is not visible on the surface, pick up the skin with a needle. If the skin is rough and does not give in, steam it in a bath of baking soda or chamomile. Use a needle to push the sliver and pull it out with tweezers.

Didn’t it work? Then it is better to see a doctor, and not to pick out the wound even more.

If there are no tweezers, and the scotch tape is right at hand, use it: not the most effective way, but, for example, it will cope with small thorns from a cactus. Apply masking tape to the injured area and pull.

Never use banana peels, birch tar, a mixture of vinegar and clay, potatoes or bacon to remove a splinter. This is unhygienic and can be dangerous.

Step 5. Disinfect the wound again

If the operation was successful, treat the wound with an antiseptic and cover with a bactericidal plaster. It, unlike a conventional adhesive plaster, not only protects against infection, but also speeds up the healing process.

If the wound does not heal, but, on the contrary, turns red, hurts, gives off fluid, do not tolerate it and run to the doctor!

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90,000 causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Splinter is a foreign body that has invaded the human skin.The presence of a shard of glass, metal, wood in the epidermis or dermis is accompanied by a tingling sensation when pressed. Within a few hours, local inflammation develops, which can turn into suppuration. To clarify the location of the glass or metal splinter, the state of the anatomical structures surrounding the splinter, it may be necessary to conduct ultrasound of soft tissues, radiography, and MRI diagnostics. Superficial splinters are easily removed with a needle and tweezers. A deeply located foreign body, glass fragments can only be removed from the tissues by a dermatologist or surgeon.


In dermatology, splinters are common in patients of all ages. Fingers and palms are most often affected; in second place are the heels, the arch of the foot. Most of the foreign bodies do not penetrate deeper than the epidermis and do not create health problems. Debris that affect the dermis requires attention. These fragments can become a source of pyogenic infection, which actively spreads in tissues, leading to the development of complications.In everyday life, most cases of subcutaneous injection of splinters occur in the warm season, when the activity of people outside the home increases, the summer cottage gardening season begins. In the production sphere, there is no dependence on seasonality, here non-observance of safety precautions matters.


Causes of splinter

A predisposing factor is the performance of work related to the processing of wood, metals, growing and harvesting plants. Careless conduct of individual operations, work without protective gloves, clothing and shoes easily leads to the penetration of foreign bodies under the skin.Depending on the conditions of damage, the following reasons for the formation of splinters are distinguished:

  • Household . This includes all cases of splinters in children and adults obtained at home. In children, this is a consequence of pranks, crawling on a wooden floor or surfaces contaminated with sharp fragments that easily penetrate the epidermis. Children of the first year of life can splinter the palms, feet, skin of the forearms, knees. In adults, a splinter is a frequent companion of repair work, a number of daily activities.
  • Manufacturing. Representatives of such professions as carpenters, carpenters, grinders, glassblowers, millers, locksmiths have the greatest risk of getting splinters. They suffer not only their hands, but also their face, since when working with machines, small foreign bodies can fly in different directions at a significant speed. In these professions, the use of goggles, gloves, masks, overalls is of paramount importance.
  • Agricultural. Florists, vegetable growers and field workers are in the most vulnerable position. This is due to the fact that organic fragments with soil particles, falling under the skin, more often than others cause a violent local inflammatory reaction, create an increased risk of tetanus. Constant contact with the ground increases the risk of infection of wounds left after removal of splinters.

The most significant reason for the complicated course of a splinter is the frivolous attitude of many people to this problem.The danger at the time of the introduction of a splinter is a temporary decrease in immunity due to colds, overwork, overheating or hypothermia; persistent weakening of the body’s defenses in patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic circulatory disorders, chronic alcoholism and other severe pathology. Along with ubiquitous staphylococci and streptococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other highly pathogenic microorganisms can get into the wound. Lack of tetanus vaccination can also play a negative role.


Tissue damage affecting the dermis causes edema due to increased capillary permeability and fluid release into the interstitial space. A foreign body provokes the development of reactive inflammation. The presence of bacteria in the wound leads to suppuration. If the immune system is unable to limit the inflammation, then bacteria begin to spread in tissues with the formation of cellulitis. Long-term presence of the fragment in the tissues ends with the formation of an inflammatory granuloma.This is a small pineal lump under the skin that hurts when pressed and gradually grows in size. The development of granulomas is based on the proliferation of connective tissue, which delimits foreign material, forms a capsule around it.

Splinter symptoms

An opaque foreign body is clearly visible under the skin, and its tip sometimes protrudes above the surface of the epidermis. Pain is not typical. There is a tingling sensation when pressing on the damaged area. An exception is the subungual splinter: a small foreign fragment provokes intense pain, which intensifies when the nail phalanx is touched.If you do not treat the site of injury in a timely manner, an inflammatory process develops, which significantly changes the clinical picture. A site of purulent inflammation is formed. When opening an abscess with liquid contents, a foreign fragment usually comes out. If the inflammation spreads to the surrounding tissues, then pain may appear, pronounced swelling of the entire anatomical region. One of the manifestations of finger edema is stiffness of the interphalangeal joints.


A feature of the structure of the tissues of the fingers is the presence of numerous connective tissue bridges.As a result, pus often cannot break through and goes deep into the tissues with the formation of felon. On the hands, feet and other parts of the body, diffuse inflammation leads to phlegmon. A granuloma on the hand causes constant discomfort when performing small movements, it can periodically be injured if it rises above the level of the skin. One of the most formidable complications of a splinter is tetanus, which develops when Clostridium tetani enters the wound in unvaccinated individuals. At the current level of development of medicine, mortality from tetanus, according to various sources, ranges from 17 to 25%.The largest number of cases of tetanus development is observed in rural areas.


Making a correct diagnosis is straightforward. Exceptions are cases when the foreign body is transparent or has sunk deep into the tissue, there are signs of neurological disorders or surgical pathology. In a team with a dermatologist, doctors of other specialties can work: a radiologist, a neurologist, a surgeon, a traumatologist. For diagnostics, apply:

  • Visual inspection. Allows you to determine the material of a foreign body, the size and depth of its occurrence, the presence of signs of inflammation. Inspection data, as a rule, is sufficient in order to choose the most appropriate method for removing a splinter. Palpation of the site of injury is performed in order to detect edema, local soreness and tingling sensation, to determine the state of the surrounding tissues.
  • Instrumental research methods. Taking into account the clinical picture, ultrasound, X-ray examination, CT or MRI of soft tissues may be prescribed.This is necessary to visualize transparent foreign bodies and clarify their location, monitor the state of adjacent joints and other anatomical structures.

Treatment of splinters

Removal of intradermal and subcutaneous foreign bodies is carried out both at home and in a hospital setting. With minor injuries, patients go to the emergency room, where the damaged area is treated, the necessary measures are taken to prevent complications. If there are signs of complications, the patient is referred to a surgeon. Therapeutic tactics include:

  • Observation. Small fragments located in the upper layers of the skin may not be reached. They will be torn away along with exfoliating epithelium within a couple of days. Additional exposure to a non-sterile needle leads to the appearance of small infected wounds, the harm from which is greater than from a superficial splinter.
  • Removal with a needle or tweezers. A deep splinter must be removed.If its tip sticks out, then it is enough to grab it with tweezers and pull it out. If the fragment has gone into the depths, then first it is necessary to break the epidermis over the splinter with a sterile needle, and remove the splinter itself with tweezers. Instead of a needle, you can use cuticle tweezers to cut off the layer of dead epithelium over the foreign body.
  • Removal in a trauma center. It is not always possible to pull out a splinter without assistance. In this case, you can go to the emergency room. Take your immunization card with you so that your healthcare provider knows if you need to get an emergency tetanus vaccine.
  • Treatment of complications. An active inflammatory process at the site of injury requires additional treatment. Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy are prescribed. In the absence of the effect of conservative therapy, a surgical opening of the abscess is performed, during which conditions are created for the outflow of pus and rapid healing of tissues.

Forecast and prevention

The forecast is favorable, provided that splinters are properly removed and wounds are treated, and timely vaccination is performed. Prevention consists of using protective equipment on the most damaged areas of the body (protective gloves for the hands, suitable footwear, glasses or face masks). Timely seeking medical help, fulfilling doctor’s prescriptions, and creating rest for the injured limb helps to prevent the development of complications. This is especially important for patients with immunodeficiency, severe pathology of the cardiovascular system, internal organs.

90,000 9 ways to remove a splinter easily and painlessly

If you are afraid to pull out a splinter with a needle.

It is very easy to get a splinter. It can be not only wood chips, but also thorns from plants, and metal shavings. Together with them, various bacteria enter the skin, writes Survival Life.

If a foreign body is not promptly removed from the skin, suppuration may develop.


Before removing the splinter, carefully examine it through a magnifying glass. Notice the size, shape, and angle at which the splinter entered the skin.

Do not try to squeeze out the foreign body. During the pressure, the splinter can go deep or break. To remove a splinter, you need to have clean skin. First, it must be washed with soap, then treated with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

If you cannot remove the splinter in the usual way, using a needle, you can use other means:

1) Scotch tape.

This method is suitable for removing a large number of small splinters. Tear off a piece of duct tape and stick it to the affected area. Do not press the tape too hard against your hand – so as not to drive the needles even deeper.

Then carefully tear off the tape – you will see that most of the small splinters remain on the tape. Repeat the procedure several times until the skin is completely cleansed.

2) Salicylic patch.


Some experts recommend applying a salicylic patch, designed to remove warts, to the place where the splinter is stuck.2 times a day, the patch must be changed to a new one.

After a couple of days, the splinter will either come out completely or rise to the surface of the skin, and then it can be removed with tweezers.

3) Glass bottle.

A splinter on the tip of a finger can be removed with a wide-necked bottle. Fill the vessel with hot water so that about 1 cm remains to the top edge.

Close the neck of the bottle with a splinter and press lightly on it. While you press on the neck, the splinter will be “pulled out” by the heat coming from the water.

4) Pork lard.


In ancient times, cooks and cooks removed a planted splinter with lard. Any animal fat or sunflower oil can be used instead.

The skin around the splinter must be anointed with one of the above means so that your “problem” could slip out.

5) PVA glue.

This method is suitable for child splinters. It is quite difficult to remove a splinter from a child – a rare baby will give himself a needle.To get a splinter out of a finger, you just need to generously grease it with glue.

When dry, the adhesive can be removed in one large layer. If the splinter is shallow, it sticks to the glue and can be easily removed from the skin.

6) Soda.


If the splinter is deep and it is not possible to pry it off, you need the skin to give it to you by itself. To do this, mix baking soda and water to make a gruel.

Apply the slurry to the wound and fix with a plaster or bandage.After a few hours, the skin will swell and squeeze out the foreign body. If this does not happen, it will be much easier to remove the splinter from the soft, swollen skin.

7) Iodine.

If the splinter sits so deep that there is no way to get it, smear the wound with iodine every three hours. The wooden splinter will simply burn out and after a while it will come out on its own.

Iodine helps to destroy the sharp structure of the splinter, thereby relieving the person from pain.

8) Aloe.


The juice of this plant perfectly softens the skin and has a bactericidal and wound healing effect. The cut aloe leaf must be cut to the wound and secured with a bandage or plaster.

After two hours, the foreign body can be easily removed with tweezers. If this method is used to remove a deep splinter from the foot, it will take more time. In this case, the procedure is repeated several times.

9) Birch tar.

Apply a cotton swab soaked in it to the wound and hold it for 30-40 minutes.The tip of the chip should come out. The particle is now easy to extract.

You can use coniferous resin instead of tar. It is bactericidal and can help prevent inflammation. This remedy is great for removing a splinter from the heel.

How do you usually remove splinters?

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90,000 If the splinter is deep under the skin. We take out a splinter without pain from a toe or foot, even if it is deep.Folk remedies for the early release of a small foreign object

Almost everyone has accidentally managed to plant a thorn in their finger. This can happen at the most unexpected moment, and urgent measures must be taken. You can do this yourself or consult a doctor. It is important to remove the splinter in time in order to avoid the consequences.

What is a splinter in a finger

A splinter in a finger is a sharp and thin fragment of wood, glass or less often iron that can pierce the skin and enter to different depths.The foreign body causes inflammation. A splinter can be a piece of wood, a needle, or a splinter from a dish. The inflammation can spread to the deeper layers of the skin, causing the discharge of pus. This is the body’s response to the introduction of a foreign object. The splinter can enter both completely under the skin and partially remain above its surface.

A splinter in the finger causes painful sensations

Reasons for the appearance of splinters in the fingers:

  • inaccurate handling of wood products that have not been polished;
  • Attempt to collect fragments with hands without gloves;
  • careless handling of needles;
  • Accidental falling onto a wooden or glass surface;
  • Work on machines that emit metal shavings during operation.

The main cause of splinters in toes is walking barefoot on the ground, floor or other surfaces where small foreign objects may be present.

Symptoms of the presence of a foreign body

At the initial stages, the splinter may not manifest itself in any way, but if it is not removed in time, the following symptoms occur:

  • inflammation of the area where the chip entered;
  • redness of the finger;
  • abscess;
  • discharge of pus;
  • finger swelling;
  • increased pain when pressing on the problem area.

The presence of a foreign body in the finger may be accompanied by twitching pain. This is a particularly dangerous symptom, indicating the spread of the inflammatory process in the nearby tissues.

Redness of the index finger due to deep penetration of a splinter

How to remove a splinter from a finger without pain

There are many ways to remove splinters. First of all, it is important to assess at what angle the foreign body is located
.You need to pull it out only in the direction in which it is located, otherwise you can provoke a kink, which will complicate the task. It all depends on the depth of penetration of a foreign body and its structure.

The splinter can be removed with tweezers, magnet, iodine and ichthyol ointment.

An overgrown sliver or a fragment of glass should be removed only in a hospital setting, otherwise you can provoke an increase in pain symptoms and the spread of infection.

Preparatory step

Before proceeding with the removal, you must carefully wash your hands with soap or disinfect with a solution of Chlorhexidine.If the splinter is deep, then an ampoule with Lidocaine or Novocaine may be required. This is necessary for pain relief. The ampoule should be opened and a little of the contents should be applied to a cotton pad or ball and applied to the localization of the foreign body for 5 minutes. The problem area should be numb.

At the preparatory stage, it is also necessary to sterilize the tweezers and the needle. This can be done with alcohol. The splinter should be removed under good lighting. A magnifying glass is also required.

If a person has poor eyesight, it is better to ask someone close to help. Otherwise, you can provoke a deep penetration of a foreign body or its fracture. This is especially dangerous when healing glass fragments.

If a child needs to pull out a splinter, then it is important to mentally set him up and not frighten him. To do this, you can turn on cartoons or distract with toys. It is necessary to explain to the kid that nothing bad will happen. And it’s better to do everything in a playful way.

What is required in the process of removing a splinter – photo gallery

Chlorhexidine destroys pathogenic microflora Rubbing alcohol is required for antiseptics Tweezers are needed to remove a splinter A magnifying glass will help when removing small splinters Lidocaine has an analgesic effect Need a thin needle

Ways to remove splinters by yourself

and a safe way is to remove the splinter with tweezers. This method is effective for removing foreign bodies from wood, metal and glass that protrude from the surface of the skin. Step by step instructions:

  1. Disinfect the tweezers with alcohol, and the hands with Chlorhexidine.
  2. Consider the angle of the splinter.
  3. Gently fix the tip of the foreign body with tweezers.
  4. Remove the splinter without changing the angle. This should be done slowly. Control manipulation with a magnifying glass.

Removing the splinter with tweezers

If the splinter is deep and there is nothing to hook it, then an additional needle is required. It needs to be disinfected, then pick up a foreign body, making a small puncture under it. If you manage to push the fragment and grab it with tweezers, then this should be done with extreme caution, as the splinter can break.

If all else fails and the foreign body sits firmly under the skin, you should consult a doctor.

It is convenient to remove metal splinters with a magnet. If a foreign body is located above the surface of the skin, this will be very easy. It is enough to bring the magnet to the tip of a metal splinter and, after magnetizing it, slowly pull it out of your finger at the right angle. When it comes to fine and fine chips that have entered completely under the skin, you must first advance it to the surface using a needle.

Small splinters can be removed using Ichthyol ointment. It draws out not only pus, but also all foreign elements from the deep layers of the skin.For these purposes, it is enough to apply a small amount of ointment to the problem area and seal it with adhesive tape. After about 24 hours, the splinter should come out. This will help remove small pieces of wood.

Ichthyol ointment will help to remove the splinter from the finger

If the wood splinter has entered deeply, then iodine can be used. If the area where the foreign body is located is lubricated with a solution 3 times a day, then after a few days, the fragments will come out on their own.

Iodine helps with small splinters

The author of these lines traditionally uses tweezers to remove a splinter.But sometimes it can be very difficult to grab onto a foreign body. In this case, you can use birch tar. This is a versatile tool that will help draw out glass fragments, metal shavings, and also easily deal with wood chips. It is enough to apply a large layer of birch tar to the affected area and seal it with adhesive tape. After 1-2 days, the splinter will come to the surface, and it can be easily pulled out with tweezers.

Birch tar is a universal remedy for getting rid of splinters

How to care for a wound and relieve symptoms

After removing a foreign body, it is necessary to thoroughly disinfect the wound with a solution of Chlorhexidine. You can also treat the problem area with greenery or iodine. This should be done until the symptoms disappear completely 2 times a day. If, after removing the splinter, the finger hurts badly, then you can apply tetracycline ointment to it, which kills the pathogenic microflora. The procedure should be repeated 3 times a day for 48 hours.

Tetracycline ointment will help get rid of the inflammatory process

To accelerate regeneration, you can treat the affected area with Depantol, which has a healing effect.

If the splinter was shallow, then the finger need not be bandaged. But don’t forget about disinfection. If a foreign body was removed from deep layers of the skin, then after treating the wound, the finger should be bandaged.

You can anesthetize the wound by applying a solution of Lidocaine or taking analgesics orally: Tempalgin, Baralgin, etc. hours, an urgent need to see a doctor. The same should be done if the foreign body has entered too deeply and there is no way to remove it yourself. You should not try to remove an overgrown splinter yourself. In this case, a mandatory consultation with a surgeon is required.

Do not try to remove thin glass fragments on your own, as they may crumble in the process into small fragments, which will complicate the doctor’s task.

Forecast and consequences

If the splinter is successfully removed, the prognosis is always favorable. However, if you do not follow all the rules of antiseptics, you can infect the wound and suppuration will occur. Consequences can also occur when a foreign body is fractured during removal and in the presence of deep splinters. In this case, the inflammation spreads to the subcutaneous tissue, as a result, the entire hand can swell, the temperature rises and the pain intensifies. In this case, you should immediately consult a doctor.

An overgrown splinter can lead to dangerous consequences


In order not to plant a splinter, the following rules must be observed:

  1. Do not walk barefoot.
  2. Handle glass and wood items with care.
  3. Exercise caution when handling metal shavings. Use personal protective equipment.

Only carefulness and care will help protect yourself from splinters. This rule especially applies to young children.

How to remove a splinter – video

You can remove a splinter in different ways. Which one to choose depends on many factors, including the condition of the skin and the depth of penetration.In the presence of severe pain and suppuration, it is better not to remove it yourself, but to go to the doctor.

Surely every person got into a situation when a splinter of one or another object entered under his skin. The first question that arises in this case is how to get the splinter out? There are many proven ways to do this. In order to choose one or another method, it is necessary to know where the unpleasant incident and the material of the fragment occurred in the human body.

Types of splinters

There are many types of materials, fragments of which can “bite” into the human body, for example:

  • wood;
  • glass;
  • glass wool;
  • metal and others.

Most often people have to deal with pieces of wood. The second most popular is metal. So, if you find a splinter, what to do in this case?

Method one: how to get splinters out of a finger using drugs?

In most cases, small but sharp fragments of objects injure hands, in particular fingers. Thin and delicate skin easily allows a foreign body to penetrate deep inside.If you find a similar situation, then immediately proceed to action.

Before removing splinters, carefully examine the surface of the skin. Use a magnifying glass if necessary. Never put pressure on a foreign object, as it can simply break. In this case, you will have to extract it in parts.

Purchase ichthyol ointment from the pharmacy. It has a rather unpleasant odor, but it will take a little patience to get the desired result.Lubricate the damaged area of ​​the skin and cover it with a regular plaster. You will have to stay in this state for a day. Use a fingertip or gloves during water procedures.

After the specified time, carefully remove the plaster, most likely, you will find a splinter on it.

The bodyag also has a similar property. It can be purchased both in the pharmacy chain and in the supermarket. Dissolve the powder and apply the mixture to the area of ​​the injured area. Then put on your fingertip and wait a little.Most likely, the shard will begin to independently move to the place of its entrance.

If she did not leave her place of stay on her own, then go to the next method.

Second method: using baking soda

This method will show you how to easily remove a splinter from your finger. Make a soda-like, mushy solution and apply it to the affected area. Wait a while until the skin is thoroughly wet. It will be great if the solution gets to the splinter and lets it swell (in the case of wooden splinters).

After that, wash off the white bloom and pat the injured skin area gently with a towel. After that, gently pry the tail with a needle and pull out the splinter with tweezers.

The third option: the use of sticky objects

If you are faced with a case where the splinter did not completely enter under the skin, but partially remained outside, then most likely you will not have a question about how to pull out the splinters. You can easily grab the protruding tip with tweezers and gently remove the foreign body.However, there are times when such tools are not at hand. What should you do then?

You can use electrical tape, adhesive tape, tape or regular glue. It is necessary to apply a sticky substance to the injured area and, after a while, gently pull along the splinter.

The fourth method: how to get the splinter out of the foot?

In addition to the hands and fingers, splinters often affect the feet. In this case, the person experiences discomfort, pain. With deep penetration of the fragment, it is simply impossible to step on the foot.

First, wash your foot with soap and running water. Then take a thin needle and soak it in an alcohol solution. This is necessary in order to avoid the entry of pathogenic microbes into the wound.

Gently insert a sharp object under the skin, in the opposite direction of the splinter. Before quickly pulling out the splinter, you need to gently “push” it back. As soon as you see that the posterior tip appears above the surface of the skin, remove the needle and pick up the shard with sharp tweezers.Pull the foreign body out with a gentle but firm movement.

Removing a fragment from the heel

There are cases when a foreign body has entered not into the hand or the soft part of the foot, but under a thick and rough layer of skin. So how do you get a splinter out of your heel?

In this case, you will need a razor blade, needle, nail clippers and disinfectant. First, you need to cut off the top rough layer of the skin. This will help to get to the foreign object as easily as possible. Use a nail clipper to remove the layer of skin above the splinter.After that, treat the injured area with an alcohol solution, and also disinfect the instruments.

Using a sharp blade, carefully make a small cut along the splinter. Be careful not to damage its structure. Next, pry one of the ends of the foreign body with a needle and pull it out.

Another option

Many people use various folk methods that help to get a fragment of a foreign body from under the skin. These include the following methods:

  • Lubricate the injured area with sunflower or olive oil.
  • Applying a few drops of iodine to the splinter area.
  • Applying raw grated potato compress.
  • Wrapping the injured area in a banana peel.
  • Steaming the skin with a herbal bath.

Perhaps these methods will help someone to easily remove a foreign body, but their use does not guarantee success.

Alternative method

If you have a question about how to take out splinters, you can consult a doctor for help.The doctor will carefully carry out all the necessary manipulations and remove the splinter without possible complications. Perhaps this is the most correct thing to do. Especially if a fragment of a foreign body has entered too deeply under the skin. Also, do not be negligent about glass splinters or harmful metals. They can not only cause considerable discomfort, but also be hazardous to health.

It is also necessary to seek medical help if you independently removed the object, but the injured area of ​​the skin continues to become inflamed and painful.Sometimes, in such cases, surgery may be necessary. In order to avoid such an outcome of events, do not self-medicate.

Before proceeding with the removal of a splinter from a particular part of the body, you must first process it correctly.

First, wash the fragment entrance with soap and water. Then gently pat the injured area with a towel. Never rub your skin. It is best if you opt for paper towels.They will easily absorb excess liquid.

Then treat the area of ​​the body with the splinter with alcohol or any disinfectant.

When the splinter is removed, be sure to repeat the manipulation with the wound dressing. Observe the treated skin for several days. Redness and suppuration should not occur on it.

If you are afraid of pain, you can treat the skin with a “freezing” ointment or solution before carrying out the manipulation to remove the splinter.


Splinter – any foreign body that has pierced the skin. These can be pieces of glass, metal shavings, wood chips, plant thorns, fish bones, etc. These small objects often cause serious health problems. Therefore, it is important to know how to remove a foreign body from under the skin correctly, as painlessly and quickly as possible. There are several ways to get a splinter yourself.

What will happen if you do not pull out a splinter

As a result of mechanical stress when performing work in the garden, repairs, construction, when transplanting plants, for example, a cactus, etc.a foreign body gets under the skin. The trauma itself is minor, so many people do not pay attention to it. Pulling the thorn out from under the skin is not difficult, the main thing is to treat the place before and after with an antiseptic. To prevent infection from entering the body and the development of complications.

There are microorganisms on the surface of a foreign body that gets under the skin. Over time, they are able to cause suppuration, which often leads to inflammation of the soft tissues. To prevent sepsis, slivers, glass, thorns – everything that gets under the skin must be removed as quickly as possible, while trying not to damage it more.A prerequisite is the treatment of the skin with an antiseptic. The operation will require a magnifying glass, daylight, tools, disinfectant, bandage, or medical tape.

Removal of a splinter with improvised means

When the splinter has not entered very deeply, it is not difficult to remove it. There are many ways, but it is very important to carry out the correct preparatory work, which consists in processing and preparing the damaged site. This measure will prevent infection from entering the wound.Processing is carried out as follows:

  1. Wash the damaged area well with running water and soap.
  2. Treat the affected area and nearby area with alcohol.
  3. Disinfect tools used in the extraction process.

The fastest possible removal of a foreign body from under the skin is possible with:

  • needles – an ordinary sewing needle, pin, needle from a medical syringe will do;
  • tweezers – provided that part of the splinter is visible on the surface;
  • scotch tape – when there are many small thorns;
  • PVA glue – a painless method;
  • using folk recipes.


When the tip of a foreign body has broken off or is not very visible, you can remove everything with a needle. It is done like this:

  1. Treat the affected area, the needle with an antiseptic.
  2. Carefully insert the needle between the splinter and the skin above it.
  3. Tear the outer layer of the epidermis upward.
  4. Gently pry the foreign body by the edge.
  5. At an angle of entry of the sliver, carefully pull it out of the body by the tail that appears.
  6. Treat the wound with an antiseptic (alcohol, peroxide).


To carry out the operation to remove splinters should be in good lighting. Additionally, you can use a magnifying glass, glasses. The tweezers are pre-treated with alcohol or another disinfectant. With the tool, you need to carefully pick up the tail of the thorn and pull it along the line of entry very carefully so that the piece does not break off. After that, the wound is processed.

Scotch tape

Splinters resulting from contact with thorny plants, glass wool can be removed with scotch tape.It is done like this:

  1. Stick a piece of adhesive tape to the damaged area. Do not press strongly, so as not to drive deeper the thorns.
  2. Remove the tape with a sharp motion.
  3. Repeat this until the skin is completely free of foreign bodies.
  4. On completion, treat the damaged area with an antiseptic.

PVA glue

There are times when the size of a foreign body does not make it possible to remove it with a needle or tweezers.In this case, PVA glue is suitable. This method is especially good when removing a splinter in children, because it is considered the most painless. The only negative is that everything does not happen very quickly. To do this, a thick layer of glue is applied to the previously treated skin area. You need to leave it until it dries completely. After that, the glue is easily removed, pulling out the splinter behind it. The wound is processed, sealed with an adhesive plaster.

Removing a splinter using folk recipes

In addition to the well-known methods of splinter extraction, there are many old and proven methods of removing a foreign body from under the skin.For example:

  1. Aloe juice. With the cut side, attach a piece of the plant to the wound, let it stand for a couple of hours.
  2. Baking soda is mixed with water to form a slurry, fixed to the wound with an adhesive plaster. The swollen skin will push the splinter out.
  3. Iodine is applied to the wound every three hours until the wood chips come out.

After solving the problem, the damaged area is treated with brilliant green, bactericidal ointment, a sterile bandage is applied.In addition, the following tools will help to cope with the task:

  1. Ichthyol ointment. At 9 o’clock, it is applied to the wound, closed with a plaster.
  2. Birch tar removes splinters in 20 minutes.
  3. A slice of raw potato is applied for a couple of hours.
  4. Heat the vegetable oil, grease the damaged area and dip it in a saline solution with vodka.

How to remove a splinter at home

There are many ways to remove a splinter at home.Depending on where she got to, who was injured, the most optimal option is selected. An important requirement – when carrying out this simple operation, all precautions should be observed. If after twelve hours the splinter does not come out, you must stop self-medication and contact a medical institution for help.


A splinter in the finger causes many problems, ranging from unpleasant tingling sensations to severe inflammation. When it is visible on the surface, it can be removed using all of the above methods.If a sliver, a thorn has fallen under the nail, it is possible to remove them with tweezers. It is preliminarily recommended to steam the finger in order to be able to slightly move the nail. Further, the foreign body is gently pulled out. After that, be sure to treat the damaged area.

When the splinter is deep under the skin, it is better to use other methods. For example:

  1. Soda slurry is applied, the finger is placed in the water.
  2. In saline solution (a glass of hot water and 4 tbsp.l. salt) a finger is placed for 15 minutes.
  3. Clay helps with suppuration. Dissolve it in water until the consistency of thick sour cream, add a couple of drops of vinegar. Apply the composition to the wound, add as it dries. Apply until the splinter comes out.
  4. Curd. Apply to the wound at night, rinse in the morning.
  5. Set fire to the cotton cloth. Hold your finger over the smoke.


Often, a splinter gets under the skin of the heel or foot. It is more difficult to remove it then.When the foreign body is above the surface, extraction can be done in any convenient way, while observing all processing rules. In the case of deep penetration, the recommendations are:

  1. Steam the foot in soapy water for 15 minutes.
  2. Treat with an antiseptic, dry.
  3. Using a needle or tweezers, remove the splinter.
  4. If it doesn’t work, use clay, cottage cheese, butter, soda.
  5. If you fear that not everything has worked out, make a compress at night using Vishnevsky ointment or ichthyol.


In addition to soda, banana peel, clay, scotch tape, there are methods for extracting with a can or wax. It is done like this:

  1. A jar with wide peas is filled to the brim with hot water. The affected part is very tightly pressed against the container so that the wound is in the water. After a couple of minutes, everything should come out. A bottle is used to remove from the finger.
  2. The wax is melted in a water bath and dripped onto the affected area. You can drop the wax directly onto the skin.After drying, the splinter can be easily removed.

How to remove a splinter from a child without a needle

There are many ways to remove a splinter from a child without a needle. They differ in a safe and painless process. When the splinter is invisible, has gone very deep, it is recommended to use products that have a stretching effect, for example, banana peel. The inner side is applied to the wound, everything is fixed with a plaster. The compress is kept for at least 6 hours. If after this time the splinter does not appear, you should abandon self-medication and consult a doctor.

The second method involves the use of scotch tape. At night, it is glued to the affected area. The created effect of the compress will facilitate the release of the splinter. In the morning, all that remains is to pull it out. Often, the spike comes out completely by itself and just sticks to the tape. It is imperative that after the extraction procedure is completed, treat the entire area with an antiseptic.

When to see a doctor

In most cases, you can get rid of a foreign body under the skin at home, but there are times when you should immediately see a doctor.It is:

  • the area near the eye socket is affected;
  • the splinter sits very deeply, it is impossible to remove it on its own within 12 hours;
  • a piece remained in the tissues;
  • splinter – part of a poisonous plant, glass, animal;
  • 3-4 hours later, redness, tissue compaction is observed.


The information presented in the article is for informational purposes only. The materials of the article do not call for self-treatment.Only a qualified doctor can diagnose and give recommendations for treatment, based on the individual characteristics of a particular patient.

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It often happens that when performing any work, a splinter can get into the finger. This foreign body, embedded in the skin, gives a person significant discomfort. It can be a sliver, a shard of metal or glass, thorns of plants. Sometimes you may not notice it, but after a while it will show up as a small area of ​​inflammation on the skin of the finger.A splinter can pierce not only the finger, but also pass under the nail. Few people seek medical help to remove a splinter from a finger, but if this is not done in time, it can develop. This is an acute purulent disease of the fingers. The worst consequence of this can be tetanus. Therefore, it is important to know how a splinter is removed from a finger.

There are many ways to self-remove a splinter, but in some cases it is not recommended to do this without the participation of a doctor. If it falls on an area close to the eye, it is better not to experiment, but to contact the appropriate specialist.It is not worth picking, trying to reach and pull a splinter out of your finger, if it has entered so deep that it is completely invisible.

It happens that, having penetrated deeply, the splinter breaks off inside the finger into two parts, in this case it is also impossible to remove it yourself. If a piece of metal or glass has entered your finger, it is better to consult a surgeon. He will gently remove the foreign object and treat the wound. If a splinter has caused redness, swelling and blood at the site of entry, then it would be wiser to seek medical attention.

If the wound and the instrument have not been thoroughly disinfected before removal, or if parts of the splinter remain in the finger, inflammation may occur. The beginning of the inflammatory process is evidenced by the following signs:

  • redness of the damaged area of ​​the skin;
  • exit from the wound of liquid content;
  • swelling of the injury site;
  • an increase in temperature at the site of redness;
  • pain.

To avoid infection of the wound, keep it clean by covering it with an antibacterial plaster.So you can protect yourself from wound suppuration, and the consequences associated with this.

We work with tweezers

How to remove a splinter yourself if it is deep from your finger? The quickest and most common method is to remove the splinter with tweezers and a needle. To reduce the risk of infection, you should thoroughly wash your hands with warm water before proceeding with the removal. If this is not possible, then a disinfectant solution can be used. After that, you need to wipe your hands dry; a splinter is more difficult to remove from a wet or wet finger.

Before removing the splinter from your finger, you must also disinfect the tools you are going to work with – a needle and tweezers. To do this, you need to lower the instruments in medical alcohol or wipe them with a sterile swab dipped in alcohol. If the splinter is too small to be seen or is deep in the skin, you can use a magnifying glass. This will allow you to quickly detect it and less injure the skin.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Need to pick up the skin over the splinter with a needle and open access in order to hook its edge with tweezers.
  2. Then, gently pushing, squeeze the storage skin on your finger, this will help squeeze the foreign body onto the surface, and then you can easily take it out with tweezers.
  3. When removing a splinter, it is advisable to pull it out at the same angle at which it lies there.
  4. After removing the foreign object from the finger, you need to treat the wound well with an antiseptic and close it with a plaster. If there are no antiseptic agents, then it is enough to press on the wound and cause a drop of blood to come out, it will serve as a disinfectant.

If the splinter did not hit the soft tissue in the fingers, but went under the nail, then it is imperative to pull it out. Since the space under the nail is very sensitive, the extraction process can be somewhat painful. But you can’t leave it there either, since the risk of suppuration is high. This is due to the fact that oxygen does not penetrate into the space under the nail and this favors the growth of bacteria.

How to remove a splinter that has fallen under the nail? Steaming your finger in hot water with salt and baking soda will make the extraction process easier.After steaming, the same steps are taken as when removing with tweezers and a needle. If difficulties arise, it is better to seek help from a medical institution, where they will get a splinter and carry out all the necessary procedures.

Traditional methods

How to remove a splinter from a finger without injuring the skin? There are several popular methods, for their application you will need:

  • soda;
  • Ichthyol ointment;
  • salt water;
  • glue;
  • tape or plaster.

Remove the splinter without pain using soda paste. If the splinter is small and has not entered very deeply into the skin, then this method is very good for removing it. First you need to make a paste from baking soda and water. A thick gruel is applied to a sterile swab and applied to a finger, fixed with a plaster and kept for 1 day. During this period, under the influence of soda, the skin on the finger will swell, and the splinter itself will come to the surface, after which you just need to pull it out with tweezers.

If the place of injury on the finger has managed to become inflamed and fester, then with the help of ichthyol ointment, not only the foreign is extracted, but also the suppuration is cured. A small amount of ointment is applied to the wound and fixed with a plaster. The medicine should be on the finger all day. As a result, the pus will come out along with the cause of its formation.

The process of pulling out a splinter will not hurt if you use salt water for this. This method is very suitable for children. A warm saline solution is prepared and the damaged finger is soaked in it.Salt water will compress the skin and push the splinter to the surface of the skin, after which it can be easily hooked on with tweezers.

Another method is adhesive removal. For this, white glue is better; it must be applied with a thick layer on the finger and allowed to dry thoroughly. When the glue dries a little and becomes stringy, you need to sharply pull it out of your finger. A splinter should move along with it. Do the same with sticky tape on your finger. However, methods with glue and scotch tape are suitable only if the pierced foreign body is shallow in the skin.

A very unusual way is to use banana peel. It is tied with the inside to the problem area and left overnight. In the morning, it is discovered that the splinter has come out, it remains only to treat the wound with an iodine solution. The splinter is also removed with the help of hydrogen peroxide. You need to soak the bandage in peroxide and apply it to the affected finger. The problem should be settled soon.

All of the above methods have proven their effectiveness, but which one will be used depends on the availability of the necessary funds at hand.

A splinter can pierce the skin while working in the garden, during any household and household activities. Sometimes a splinter is so small that a person almost does not feel its presence. In this case, the skin itself will eventually expel the foreign body. But if the splinter is so big that it brings discomfort and pain, you need to take urgent measures to remove it as soon as possible.

What to do if a splinter is stuck in your hand

  1. Before taking any measures to remove a splinter from a finger, you should thoroughly rinse your hands and all instruments that will be needed for the “operation”.This is especially true if the splinter was obtained during dirty work – chopping wood, cleaning floors, working with wood.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water. Then treat the area where the splinter, the needle and tweezers have been stuck with alcohol. Prepare a couple of clean napkins. Instead of a regular sewing needle, it is better to use a sterile syringe needle.
  3. A splinter is best removed in good daylight. If you have poor eyesight, wear glasses or a magnifying glass.
  4. If the splinter sits so deep that it is impossible to pry off its tip, use the needle to gently lift the skin over the splinter.If necessary, you can slightly tear the top layer of the epidermis.
  5. When the tip of the splinter appears, pick it up with tweezers and carefully pull it out. Better to do this at the same angle at which the splinter dug into the skin.
  6. If the tip cannot be reached, it is best not to pick soft tissues and consult a doctor.
  7. If you pulled out a part of the splinter, and its piece remained in the skin, it is also better to consult a doctor. Because without special tools, it will be quite difficult to pull out a deep splinter.
  8. Then squeeze the skin around the wound to allow the contaminated blood to come out.
  9. The final stage of the procedure is antiseptic treatment. This is very important, because the splinter could carry bacteria and microbes deep into the tissues. It is best to treat the wound with hydrogen peroxide, boric acid, or rubbing alcohol. Ordinary vodka will do as well. If the wound is open and large, you can apply a bandage or an antiseptic tape.
  10. Monitor the condition of the wound for a couple of days after the incident.If the skin turns red, swelling appears, you feel soreness, you need to see a doctor. An infection has probably occurred.

How to remove a splinter

But not always at hand there are sterile tools with which you can pull out a splinter. This is especially true for field conditions. Here are some simple tips to help you remove the splinter quickly and painlessly.

  1. Scotch tape.
    This method is suitable for removing a large number of small splinters.For example, if you were holding glass wool, cactus, or small wooden objects. Tear off a piece of duct tape and stick it to the affected area. Do not press the tape too hard against your hand, as this can drive the needles even deeper. After that, carefully tear off the tape – you will see that most of the small splinters remain on the tape. Repeat the procedure several times until the skin is completely cleansed.
  2. PVA glue.
    This method is suitable for child splinters. It is quite difficult to remove a splinter from a child – a rare baby will give himself a needle.To get a splinter out of a finger, you just need to generously grease it with glue. Once dry, the glue can be removed in one large layer. If the splinter is shallow, it sticks to the glue and can be easily removed from the skin.
  3. Soda.
    If the splinter is deep and it is not possible to pry it off, you need the skin to give it to you by itself. To do this, mix baking soda and water to make a gruel. Apply the slurry to the wound and fix with a plaster or bandage. After a few hours, the skin will swell and squeeze out the foreign body.If this does not happen, it will be much easier to remove the splinter from the soft, swollen skin.
  4. Iodine.
    If the splinter sits so deep that there is no way to get it, smear iodine on the wound every three hours. The wooden splinter will simply burn out and after a while it will come out on its own. Iodine helps to destroy the sharp structure of the splinter, thereby relieving the person of pain.

Folk remedies for splinter extraction

  1. There is an easy way to self-heal a splinter with salt water.But it is only effective if applied immediately after the splinter is received. Pour water into the glass as hot as you can handle. Dissolve three tablespoons of salt in water. Dip your splinter finger in the water for 20 minutes. Then dry your finger and apply a sterile bandage. Hot salt water softens the tissue and draws the splinter out.
  2. A banana peel can be used to remove a deep splinter. Tie a piece of skin to the wound with the pulp to the damaged area.Leave it overnight. In the morning, the splinter will be on the surface and it will be easier to pry it off.
  3. Birch tar will help to remove the splinter. Lubricate the place where the splinter has stuck with them, put a piece of cling film on top and wrap it with a bandage. In a few hours, the tar will bring the splinter out and it can be easily removed. You can leave the compress overnight.
  4. If the splinter is already several days old, and an abscess has formed in its place, it is better to prepare such a remedy. Take healing or cosmetic clay and dilute it until it is creamy.Add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the composition. Lubricate the damaged area with the resulting ointment. After the composition has completely dried, you can replace it with a fresh one. After a few hours of such treatment, the skin will bring the splinter to the surface.