How To Remove A Splinter

Remove a Splinter

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

  1. Clean Wound. Clean the area with mild soap and water
  2. If you can see the end of the splinter, grip it with clean tweezers and gently pull out the entire shard
  3. If you have trouble seeing the splinter, use stronger lighting and a magnifying glass if necessary
  4. 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:

  1. You can’t remove it or only managed to remove it partially
  2. The splinter is deep in the skin or the wound is bleeding heavily
  3. The splinter is under a fingernail or toenail
  4. 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.

About The Author

Cory Jones

Cory is a graduate of the prestigious WEMSI school (Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician), and a qualified teached with a masters degree in Environmental Management. He has lead expeditions worldwide (currently an International Mountain Leader) and is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited. Cory Jones has worked in the outdoor industry for over 30 years. He first ran first aid training courses for the Red Cross in 2001. Cory has been a provider for SQA, ITC, REC, Highfield, Open College Network over the years. In 2008 Cory set up First Aid Academy in the Lancashire area and won the ‘New Business of the Year 2008 Award’. By 2010 he was running nearly 250 first aid training courses a year. Today, Cory is a director of Outdoor First Aid Limited as well as being a founder of the First Aid Training Co-operative.