How to Remove Fiberglass From Hands and Fingers

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Fiberglass is a material often used by builders and construction workers for insulation. Fiberglass contains small, sharp splinters of glass that are prone to getting stuck in skin, so you should cover as much as your body as possible by wearing long pants, long sleeves, work boots and heavy duty gloves when working with fiberglass. However, even if you follow this advice, it's quite likely that you will still get splinters, usually in the skin of your fingers and hands. Along with the pain associated with fiberglass splinters, the material also makes you itch uncontrollably.

How to Remove Fiberglass From Hands and Fingers
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Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Epsom salt
  • Tweezers
  • Duct tape
  • Pair of nylons or stockings
Step 1

Run a warm water bath. Add a generous amount of Epsom salt. Soak in the bath for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse under a warm shower. This will remove any lose fiberglass splinters as well as help with the itching.

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Step 2

Look for visible splinters in your hands and use tweezers to carefully pull them out.

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Step 3

Tear off a strip of duct tape and gently stick it to the affected area on your fingers and hands. Pull the tape off slowly. Use another strip of duct tape and do the same thing, only peel it off in the opposite direction. This will help remove splinters too small for you to see.

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Step 4

Slowly run a pair of old nylons or stockings over the affected area. The tiny splinters of fiberglass will get caught on the nylon material and come out of the skin.

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Step 5

See a doctor if you still feel pain and discomfort after trying these remedies.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Soak the clothes you were wearing when you handled the fiberglass in hot water. Then wash these clothes by themselves on the hottest cycle available on your washer.

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