How to remove a splinter. Simple and effective methods for extracting splinters

Take a splinter out swiftly and competently, because in addition to unpleasant soreness it can become the cause of the inflammatory process.

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The cuticle of wood, metal shavings, glass shard, thorn from plants, and even fish bone is an incomplete list of small items that can become "source material" for such a trouble, a pain. Do not try to squeeze out the pain by squeezing the fingers on both sides of the body, where it lingers. At best you'll get, at worst – will simply drive even deeper, splitting into parts. Better use our tips, you will certainly help.

prep work

You first need to thoroughly wash with soap the affected skin area. If possible, perform this procedure quickly, not giving the skin and the pain (especially if it is wood) to be melted. To dry skin, use a paper towel, gently and without excessive pressure dabbing surface of the skin. Look carefully at the pain, resorting to the help of a magnifying glass or lenses. Depending on the size of the splinter and the angle at which it entered the skin, will be elected one or another way to retrieve it.


Removing splinters with a needle is used in cases where the pain is located almost parallel to the skin surface, and the layer of epithelium over the splinter – thin and delicate. Setta the tip of the needle with an alcohol solution and use the magnifier to enter a small depth of the needle point in place of penetration of a splinter. Acting needle as a lever, gently pull the base up and open the skin above the splinter. Repeat the procedure until a splinter under the skin will not become available at least by half. The pinching pain of the needle point, or grasping the tip with forceps, pull it out of the body.


If the splinter pierced at a considerable angle to the skin surface, and the tip of it protrudes outwards and is visible, it is better to use a pair of tweezers. Treating the arms of the tweezers with alcohol, securely grab the tip of the splinter. Check whether you got together with thorn hairs or a part of the skin. Without weakening grip, smoothly and without jerks remove a splinter. It is very important to get it under the same angle as it went into the body. Otherwise the splinter can break.


If the location of the pain is difficult to determine visually, or the tip is not protruding from the skin, it is better to resort to its extraction by means of compresses. Compresses also indispensable if all attempts to pull a splinter mechanically by using needle and forceps were unsuccessful. Ichthyol ointment is sold in every pharmacy and is not a prescription medication. Lubricated with ointment affected area, it is necessary to impose a bandage or a sticking plaster. A day later the pain painless and guaranteed to be released from the wound. The only disadvantage of this method is the unpleasant smell of Ichthyol ointment. Compress of baking soda is no less effective way of getting rid of splinters. Mix the baking soda with water till paste-like consistence, the resulting mixture is applied to the problematic skin area and fixed with a bandage for a few hours. From soda the skin swell and push the splinter out. As poultices you can use slices of potatoes, lard or banana peel (the inner side). They are usually applied at night. Will help get rid of splinters and bandage soaked in hydrogen peroxide, olive oil, tar or resin of coniferous trees. After removing the splinters be sure to treat the wound with hydrogen peroxide, iodine or brilliant green. There are ways of extracting splinters should be used only if it hit the finger and other nearby areas of the upper and lower extremities. In any case, do not attempt to pull the splinter from the face or neck in order to avoid complications, seek professional medical help immediately. Take care of yourself! Be always healthy!

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