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
Wash your hands well with soap and
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
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
After the splinter has been removed, clean the wound and
watch for any
signs of infection.
Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or legs -- especially on just one side of the body
Slurred or unusual speech
Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Trouble walking, dizziness, or balance problems
Broke off and part of it remains in the wound or if you are
uncertain if the splinter has been removed.
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June 06, 2012
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