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FIRST AID tips: SPLINTERS


Walking barefoot on a rough deck, or handling wood, metal or fiberglass, can cause splinters in hands and feet that are annoying but not life threatening. Here are some easy tips to remove splinters:

Get out the tape

  • Try placing common cellophane or duct tape over the splinter, then gently pull the tape off, away from the splinter. Sometimes this is painless and easy way to remove a small foreign object.

Tweeze

  • If the tape doesn’t work, wash your hands thoroughly. Don’t wet the splinter, as that will make it harder to remove all at once.

  • Using alcohol-sterilized tweezers, grab the splinter’s end and pull it out gently. A small magnifying glass can be a handy tool to help see the splinter.

Sterilize a needle

  • If the splinter is too embedded to remove with tweezers, wash your hands thoroughly, sterilize a needle and make a small hole in the skin over the foreign object. Then use the sterilized tweezers to remove the object.

Clean the area

  • Squeeze the area to allow any bleeding to wash out germs. Clean the wound with soap and water, apply an antibiotic cream or ointment, and cover with a bandage.

Call the doctor

  • If the splinter is close to an eye, if it’s very large or deeply embedded in the skin, or if part of the splinter breaks off and stays in the wound.

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Sources: Mayoclinic.com and Webmd.com. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of a doctor with any questions regarding a medical condition.

 

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