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How to Remove a Splinter

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When I used to get splinters, my mom always told me to "Leave it alone. It will fall out by itself." Well, sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. Especially with cases of MRSA on the rise, it's a good idea to remove all splinters as soon as possible. If you can't do it yourself, ask your hubby or see a doc.


Otherwise, the skin could grow over it and/or an infection may result.

Just listen to podlings_mama:

"When I was in the 5th grade, I somehow ended up with a splinter on the inside of my elbow and we thought we got it all out," she says. "We missed some of it and I ended up with a form of skin eating bacteria! My little hole from taking the splinter out turned into the size of a dime and took a few weeks of antibiotics to get rid of it."

Here's a step-by-step for removing a splinter, though there's nothing too surprising here. You need tweezers, possibly a needle, and quick determination.

1.  Wash your hands and the splinter site with soap and water. One CafeMom suggests soaking in a bath of Epsom salt to make the process easier.

2. Pinch the area around the splinter and grab the end of the shard with sterilized tweezers (boiled for five minutes or rinsed with rubbing alcohol) and pulling it out at the same angle it went in.

3. Use a sterilized needle or pin to cut a slit in the skin if you need better access.

4. After removal, wash with soap and rinse, then apply antibiotic ointment.

Do you follow this advice and remove your splinters right away, or do try to let them work themselves out on their own? What's the worst splinter you ever had?

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BLUgroup BLUgroup

Funny this is posted. I had a "splinter" last week (so I thought). I couldn't get it out for anything but I knew it was there. EVERY time I moved I could feel it and it hurt. I had already slit the skin around it. The tweezers could not grasp it, etc. Finally on Saturday I had had enough and I "killed" my foot to get it out. Here is was a decent sized piece of glass. =( Thank God it was me and not my son because it was on our floor in the dining room. Geesh.

Becki... Becki.Nagy

My step Mother is a respitory therapist and my son got a splinter to her house and she amazingly brought it to the surface w/ strong tape and than removed w/ tweezers, this I've never seen, but she was successful!!

toria... toriandgrace

My daughter has a possible splinter on her ankle, I can't get it out, and I'm not positive that it's not just a scab in the shape of a splinter... well I have a friend who's a nurse coming to visit in two days, so I'm just keeping an eye on it and am going to make her get it out. Normally I get them out right away.

Free2... Free2bme442

Growing up my parents used Black Sav (may be a more technical name for it) to remove the tough splinters. If skin is not broken or too deep, they would break skin with sterilized needle, put a dab of this black smelly stuff and put a band aid over it. with a day or too the save drew out the splinter. I have used it on my own and never disappointed. Sure beats digging around for it, less painful too. Good luck!!

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somet... somethingcakey

a milk poustice will draw out a splinter.  works every time in my family for generations.   just soak a piece of bread in milk , squeeze out excess and place on top of area where splinter is.  Then wrap a bandage around it.

Keep the bandage on overnight, if possible, or for as long as possible where small people are concerned.  If necessary, repeat the next night.  This will draw out the splinter.

I love these old grandma remedies that get past on from generation to generation!

E_Lom... E_Lombardo

I have also heard you can use a credit card to push it out without the potential for causing more problems.

Iluva... Iluvautumn

Gee, I didn't know you needed a "hubby" to remove a splinter.  If we didn't have doctors or hubbys I guess we'd have to suffer with a splinter for the rest of our lives.

Molaf... Molafishlover

Not sure why it works, but when we were kids my mom would always put a little Vicks rub (the greasy petroleum jelly kind) on a bandaid and that would draw out little ones that were too hard to grab with tweezers.

izzie... izzie1598

It is very weird that I read this.  My youngest son, 2 1/2, has about 10 little, bitty, tiny, splinters in the palm of his right hand.  The most puzzling thing about it is that we have no idea when or where he got them.  Some of them have been easy to get out, the couple of bigger ones are proving to be a bit more trouble than I thought. 

nonmember avatar kem2003

I read in a parent magazine that elmer's glue can be put on the skin and allowed to dry. According to the articl ethen you pull the glue off and the splinter will come out. I haven't tried it but it sounds like it would work for a spliter that isn't too deep.

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