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
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
Call the doctor
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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