5 Ways to Remove a Splinter

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5 Ways to Remove a Splinter
5 Ways to Remove a Splinter

Any splinter can cause a lot of pain and a lot of work. Large ones, in particular, tend to sink into the skin and may require medical attention. If something like this happens to you and the situation isn't too serious, read this article and use one of the strategies below to treat the injury and recover.


Method 1 of 5: Removing the splinter with tweezers

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Step 1. Before starting, wash your hands and the affected area

Use warm soapy water to lessen the risk of spreading infectious bacteria there.

  • Wash your hands for about 20 seconds with warm soapy water.
  • Wash the affected area with water and a mild soap or use alcohol gel or something similar.
  • Dry your hands and the area around the splinter before trying to remove it.

Step 2. Sterilize the forceps with isopropyl alcohol

This is to disinfect it and reduce the risk of you spreading bacteria in the wound area - which can be quite harmful..

  • To sterilize the tweezers, place them in a bowl or cup with a little isopropyl alcohol for a few minutes or clean them with a cotton swab and the liquid.
  • Go to a grocery store, drug store, or health care store to buy isopropyl alcohol.

Step 3. Use a magnifying glass and go to a place with good lighting to examine the splinter

This magnifying glass can improve your vision of the affected area and decrease the chances of making the situation worse.

Even if you don't have a magnifying glass, go to a well-lit place so you can see better what you're doing

Step 4. If the splinter is covered by some skin, move it away from the area

To do this, use a needle sterilized with isopropyl alcohol. This way, it will be easier to pick up the splinter of wood (or other material) with tweezers.

If you have to "dig into" your skin a lot to see the splinter, go to a hospital for treatment - or it could make the wound worse

Step 5. Pick up the barb with tweezers after exposing its tip

Carefully pull it in the same direction it entered the room.

  • If you have to dig very deep with the tweezers to reach the splinter, go to a hospital.
  • If the splinter breaks, try to catch it again with tweezers or consider seeing a doctor.

Method 2 of 5: Removing the splinter with a piece of tape

Step 1. Take a piece of tape

You can use this material to facilitate the removal of more fragile splinters such as plant thorns or fiberglass. Any type of tape will do: insulating, electrical, etc. Just have a small piece at your disposal.

  • Thoroughly clean and dry the barb area before taping the area.
  • Wash and dry your hands before starting.

Step 2. Pass the piece of tape over the barb

Press it with relative force so that the material sticks to the skin. However, don't overdo it and don't put pressure on the splinter itself, or you can sink it further.

Step 3. Pull the tape off the skin

When you see that the material has come in contact with the splinter, gently pull it out in the same direction as the splinter entered the skin. Gradually, it will stick to the tape and get out of there.

Step 4. See if the tape managed to remove the splinter

Also examine if there is any residue of the material on your skin. If so, repeat the process or try another method.

Method 3 of 5: Removing the splinter with glue

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Step 1. Glue the barb

Even white glue will do, as long as you apply a thick layer of product to the affected area - to the point that it covers the entire splinter.

  • Do not use instant glue. It can stick to the skin and make the splinter even more attached, rather than letting go.
  • If you like, replace the glue with waxing wax.
  • Wash and dry your hands and the affected area before starting.
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Step 2. Wait for the glue to dry before removing the splinter

Otherwise the method will not work. Let the product act for 30 minutes or an hour and check the situation from time to time (to see if it is ready). When the time comes, everything should be very dry and hard.

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Step 3. Remove glue residue from the region

After waiting for the product to dry, take the layer by the end and pull it in the direction where the barb entered the skin. Be calm and keep a pace to pull everything.

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Step 4. After removing the glue layer from the skin, see if the splinter is stuck in it

Also see if there is any residue of the material. If so, repeat the process or try another method.

Method 4 of 5: Treating the Barb Injury

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Step 1. After removing the barb, press the wound gently

Do this until you release some blood - which will be removing some of the germs in the area from your body.

  • Don't put too much force on the place. If there's no bleeding, let it go. In that case, use other methods to get rid of germs and bacteria, such as antibacterial ointments.
  • Wash the wound area with warm water for at least a minute to clean it a little.
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Step 2. Control bleeds

If it continues to leak blood after squeezing the area, exert pressure there to control the situation. This can also prevent blood loss and possible shock. Either way, the problem should go away in a few minutes. If it does not stop, seek medical assistance immediately.

  • Put a piece of gauze or cotton wool over the wound until the bleeding stops.
  • If the skin is badly bruised from the splinter, bandage it with two clean, sterilized pieces of gauze or a cloth.
  • If desired, elevate the affected area to a height above the heart to control bleeding. For example, if you take the splinter from your finger, put it above your head until it stops bleeding.
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Step 3. Disinfect the area after removing the splinter

Wash the area with warm water and soap to kill any remaining bacteria and germs. When finished, also apply an antibacterial ointment.

  • Apply antibacterial ointment to the area up to twice a day to lessen the risk of getting infections.
  • Buy an antibacterial ointment with bacitracin, neomycin, or polymyxin B. Many brands combine these three chemical compounds to create "triple action" antibiotics.
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Step 4. Dress the wound

After stopping the blood flow and cleaning the area, cover it to protect the area from bacteria. For this, use a piece of gauze, surgical tape or even a dressing itself - which will also keep the area pressed, controlling bleeding.

Method 5 of 5: Seeking Medical Care

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Step 1. Think about whether it's better to go to a hospital to have the splinter removed

You can remove small chips (which lie very close to the skin's surface) at home. However, in other situations, it may be necessary to seek professional help.

  • If you don't know what kind of splinter is on your skin or if you feel severe, see a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Also consult a physician if the barb is more than 0.5 cm below the skin or if it affects muscles and/or nerves.
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Step 2. See a doctor or call an ambulance in extreme situations

If the splinter is too deep in the skin, causes serious pain, does not come off easily, or if you are afraid to remove it yourself, seek professional help to avoid the risk of developing serious infections or injuring yourself further. Also go to the doctor if you go through the following situations:

  • If the barb is near your eyes.
  • If you have a hard time removing it.
  • If the wound is deep and dirty.
  • If you have had the most recent dose of tetanus vaccine more than five years ago.
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Step 3. Look for signs of infection in the area from which you removed the barb

If you find something, go to the doctor immediately, so that he can recommend a treatment and remove residues and chips of the material that is left. Here are some signs of infection:

  • Excessive bleeding at the site.
  • Pulse on the spot.
  • Redness or red spots in the area.
  • Fever.
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Step 4. If the splinter is small and does not cause pain, leave it as is

Over time, your body will eventually expel it on its own or even generate a pimple on the spot to facilitate the process.

Keep the area clean and watch for signs of infection. If you notice red spots or the area becomes hot and painful, see a doctor


  • Rub a few ice cubes on the splinter location - not directly on it - to "anesthetize" it. Dry the area before removing.
  • Do not place the tweezers or other accessory directly over the barb, or it may sink deeper into the skin.
  • Soak affected area in hot water to facilitate removal.
  • Apply some ointment to the affected area to reduce swelling and redness and thus lessen the discomfort.


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