How To Remove A Splinter
Most of us at one time or another have experienced a splinter. Next time you have a run-in with an old bit of furniture or the log pile, check out our guide below on how to remove the shard with minimum fuss. here is how To Remove A Splinter
- Clean Wound. Clean the area with mild soap and water
- If you can see the end of the splinter, grip it with clean tweezers and gently pull out the entire shard
- If you have trouble seeing the splinter, use stronger lighting and a magnifying glass if necessary
- Clean wound area again. Apply a bandage and antibiotic ointment
Most splinters do not need the care of a medical practitioner. We would recommend getting medical advice if:
- You can’t remove it or only managed to remove it partially
- The splinter is deep in the skin or the wound is bleeding heavily
- The splinter is under a fingernail or toenail
- Be sure to check and ask if a tetanus booster is needed
Watch for any signs of infection: redness, increasing pain, swelling, or pus at the site. Call a health care provider if you see any of these signs.
If a splinter is not removed immediately that little, tiny shard can cause a great big infection and become more deeply embedded in your skin.
Do not ignore a splinter especially if the area starts to have any redness or feels hot to touch. Go to a doctor or nurse practitioner to have it removed immediately.