How to Get Fiberglass Slivers Out

Foreign bodies often are tiny splinters that become trapped in your body. In most instances, a foreign body won't cause serious injury. Fiberglass is composed of glass, with a fibrous texture that is fragile. Exposure to fiberglass can cause rashes, skin irritations and pain, and removing fiberglass splinters can be tricky. Usually tweezers can extract splinters. Yet with fiberglass, the splinters can break and embed further into the skin, so other procedures are needed to remove them.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Duct tape
  • White wood glue
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair removal substance
  • Antibiotic ointment
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Instructions

  1. Duct Tape

    • 1
      CLean your hands before removing fiberglass splinters.
      CLean your hands before removing fiberglass splinters.

      Wash your hands and the affected area with warm soap and water. Washing the affected area will help remove any loose fiberglass fibers.

    • 2

      Apply duct tape to the affected area. Touch the tape to the area gently, as indicated by the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

    • 3
      Gently pull the tape away from your skin.
      Gently pull the tape away from your skin.

      Lift the tape from your skin to remove the fiberglass. Repeat the process if necessary.

    Other Methods

    • 4

      Apply a thin layer of white wood glue to the affected area. According to Fine Home Building, using white wood glue is important because this type of glue doesn't fall apart when you peel it.

    • 5
      Let the area dry before removing the glue.
      Let the area dry before removing the glue.

      Dry the area, and use a blow dryer to speed up the process.

    • 6

      Peel the glue off in one direction. If slivers are still present, repeat the process and peel the glue in the opposite direction.

    • 7

      Apply a coating of the hair removal substance, and allow your skin to dry completely. Peel the hair remover.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wash the affected area after removing splinters.

  • Use an antibiotic ointment on your skin to prevent infection.

  • Try not to scratch the affected area because this will irritate your skin.

  • Notify your physician if your skin becomes painful to the touch after splinter removal, and seek help if splinters can't be removed despite your best efforts.

  • Call your physician if the skin becomes infected. Infection signs include oozing pus, inflamed skin, reddened skin and skin that is hot to the touch.

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  • Photo Credit washing hands image by JASON WINTER from Fotolia.com skin image by Robert Kelly from Fotolia.com 1950s hair blow dryer image by Scott Williams from Fotolia.com

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