Health Tip: Remove a Splinter12/04/12
(HealthDay News) -- Even if a splinter doesn't hurt, you should
remove it properly without delay to prevent possible infection.
The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions for removing a
- Using soap and water, carefully wash your hands and the area
affected by the splinter.
- Sterilize a needle and a pair of tweezers by dipping the ends
in boiling water, then wiping them dry with clean cotton.
- If the tip of the splinter is not exposed, gently push away the
skin with the needle until you can grab the splinter.
- Gently and slowly pull out the splinter at the same angle in
which it's embedded in the skin.
- Once the splinter is entirely removed, wash the area again with
soap and water, and cover with a bandage.
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