How to Remove a Splinter

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Splinters can cause pain, swelling and possible infection if they're not removed promptly. In case you get one the next time you are around an aggressive piece of wood, here's how to safely remove it.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Teething Gel
  • Eyebrow Tweezers
  • Tetanus Vaccine
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Needles Or Pin
  • Nail Clippers
  • Betadine Solution
  • Antimicrobial Soap
  • Isopropyl Alcohols
    • 1

      Try to "milk" out the splinter by gently squeezing your fingertips on each side of it. If this doesn't work, try the following steps.

    • 2

      If you're worried about causing pain, rub the splinter site with a numbing teething gel or ice before removing the splinter. Keep in mind, however, that chilling the area may cause the splinter to retract from the top of the skin and may make its removal more challenging.

    • 3

      Clean a needle, a pair of tweezers and a small pair of nail clippers with isopropyl alcohol and let it air-dry. Be sure to swab the pinching surfaces of the tweezers and the cutting edges of the nail clippers.

    • 4

      Use soap and water, or antiseptic solution, to wash the skin where the splinter has lodged itself.

    • 5

      With the tip of the needle, make a small hole in the skin above the splinter. Once you have access to the splinter, gently try to squeeze it through the hole. If necessary, increase the size of the hole with the needle. Use your tweezers to pull out the splinter as soon as you can get hold of it.

    • 6

      If you're not able to open a path for the splinter with the needle, use the nail clippers very carefully to cut away the skin above the splinter.

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