Call 911 or seek immediate medical care if a fishhook is:
Do not remove the fishhook if:
Do not try to remove the fishhook if:
- 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.
For a Fishhook in or Near Eye:
1. Protect Eye From Further Injury
For Other Fishhook Injuries:
1. Remove Hook
If the hook is not near the eye or has not penetrated into a joint, bone, or muscle:
- Cut any fishing line, fish, bait, or lure from the fishhook.
- 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.
2. Get Medical Help Immediately
- See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room.
- The person may need a tetanus shot and pain reliever.