Removing Splinters - Topic Overview
Before using tweezers or a needle, try using cellophane tape to remove a splinter. Simply put the tape over the splinter, then pull the tape off. The tape will stick to the splinter and remove it painlessly. If tape doesn't work:
Wash your hands well with soap and water. Grasp the end of the splinter with clean tweezers, and gently pull it out.
If the splinter is embedded in the
skin, clean a needle with alcohol and make a small hole in the skin over the end of the splinter. Lift the splinter with the tip of the needle until it can be grasped with the tweezers and pulled out.
Do not wet or soak the splinter because it will be harder to remove in one piece.
After the splinter has been removed, clean the wound and watch for any
signs of infection.
You may need medical care if the splinter:
Is very large.
Is deeply embedded in the skin.
Cannot be easily removed.
Is in the
eye. Broke off and part of it remains in the wound or if you are uncertain if the splinter has been removed.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 20, 2015
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Removing Splinters Topics