Creative Ways to Remove a Splinter

A splinter is one of the most irritating, non-serious injuries you can sustain. It can happen at any time, no matter where you work and put a damper on your day. On top of that, a splinter left alone can become infected and cause unwanted medical problems. Still, few know exactly how to remove a splinter from their skin, especially if it is buried deeper. It is important to know what you can do to relieve yourself from this annoyance.

What is a Splinter?

A splinter happens when a small piece of something breaks off into your skin and remains stuck there. The most common objects to cause splinters are glass and wood, though anything sharp enough to pierce the skin can cause a splinter. The material under the skin will cause itching and sometimes even pain.

Getting a Splinter Out

This can be the hardest part, especially if it is buried deep, you don’t have steady hands, or you are squeamish. Luckily, there are a few little-known tricks you can try to get that splinter out once and for all.

Baking soda paste -This is a good remedy for a stubborn, deep splinter. Create a paste using water and baking soda and apply it to the affected area. Bandage it up for 24 hours, and then you will be able to see and pull out the splinter.

Peeling – Glue and tape are great for pulling a small splinter out that isn’t too deep. Apply to the area and peel off when ready.

Peroxide – For larger splinters that might hurt more to dig out, peroxide can be made to bubble on the wound, forcing the splinter out with little or no pain.

When a Splinter Requires Medical Attention

There are some occasions where a splinter might require a visit to a physician. Infected splinters should be seen right away to prevent the spread of the bacteria elsewhere. Also, a splinter that is causing a lot of pain, it too large, or too deep to get out, a physician may need to remove it in the office.

Contact Questcare Medical Clinic

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