How to remove a splinter
Everyone was there. When you or your child touched this old wooden bench when a small strip of wood slips into the skin – causing a surprising amount of pain. Fortunately, the chips are easily removed with appropriate tools and techniques.
To remove a splinter, dermatologists recommend the following tips:
1. Wash and dry the area: To prevent infection, wash your hands with soap and water and gently pat the skin surface.
2. Inspect the chip: If the chip is very small, use a magnifying glass to see how big it is and what direction entered the skin.
3. Use pliers to remove the thorn: If part of the thorn is out, you can use tweezers to gently pull the splinter. First, sterilize the tip of the dart with alcohol. Then, pull the thorn in the same direction it entered the skin. Never tighten a shine, as this can cause it to break into small pieces which are more difficult to remove.
4. Use a small needle to remove the thorn: If the entire chip is embedded under the skin, you can use a small needle to remove. First, sterilize the needle and a pair of pliers with rubbing alcohol. Then look through a magnifying glass and use the needle to gently pierce the skin surface at one end of the wick. This may require the help of a friend or family member. Continue to use the needle to gently push a portion of the chip. Once one end of the thorn is out, use the tweezers to gently pull the splinter.
5. Clean and apply petroleum jelly: After the chip is removed, clean the area with soap and water and apply petroleum jelly. Keep the area covered with a bandage until healed.