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When should you call a doctor about a splinter?

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Most splinters don't need a doctor's care. See your doctor if:

  • You can't remove the entire splinter.
  • The splinter is deep in the skin or the wound is bleeding heavily.
  • The splinter is under a fingernail or toenail. Your may need to cut a notch in the nail to remove the splinter.

From: Splinters Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES;

American Family Physician: "Splinter Removal."

KidsHealth: "Splinters."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Splinter or Sliver: Foreign Body in the Skin."

Splinters Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

SOURCES;

American Family Physician: "Splinter Removal."

KidsHealth: "Splinters."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Splinter or Sliver: Foreign Body in the Skin."

Splinters Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 19, 2017

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