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    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:

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    • 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

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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