Removing a Fishhook - Topic Overview Do not try to
remove a fishhook (seek medical care instead) if any of the following are true:
The fishhook is in or near an eye. See
first aid measures. The
fishhook is in a joint, in a bone, or deep in a muscle. You are
concerned that removing the fishhook may damage nearby blood vessels or
nerves. The person who is injured is not calm and cannot
help. You are afraid to remove the fishhook.
If none of the above conditions are true, try to remove the
First, cut any fishing line, fish, bait, or lure
from the fishhook. This is best done with sharp, side-cutting
pliers. Use ice or cold water for 2 to 3 minutes
to numb the area. If the barb of the fishhook has not
entered the skin, pull the tip of the hook back out. If the barb
is embedded in the skin, first try the
string-pull method . If medical help is not
available and the fishhook is deeply embedded in the skin, try the
advance-and-cut method . Push the hook the rest of the
way through the skin, snip off the barb with wire cutters, and remove the rest
of the fishhook from where it entered the skin. If medical help is available,
have a deeply embedded fishhook removed by a doctor or nurse.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 22, 2013
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