How To Remove A Splinter

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A small splinter of wood, metal, glass or other hard substances that becomes embedded in the skin can be surprisingly painful. If not removed, such a foreign element may cause inflammation and tenderness and the wound may become infected. Splinters are often quick and easy to take out, however using simple first aid techniques.

Splinter

How To Remove A Splinter

The hand, feet and knees are the areas most likely to come into contact with splintery materials. Although splinters may seem insignificant, it is important not to ignore them. If left alone, they can be a source of infection that can spread to other part of the body. Hence it is very important to treat splinter in time, otherwise the consequence may be very fatal.

It is easy to remove splinter with a little effort. You should clean the skin around the splinter with warm water. If the splinter projects from the skin, use tweezers to grasp the end of it, as close to the skin as possible, and gently pull it out.

Clean The Skin Around The Splinter

If the splinter lies under the skin, sterilizes the tip of a sewing needle by holding it in the clear part of a flame for a few seconds. Allow it to cool and then use it to ease the splinter out. When the splinter is out squeeze the wound to encourage a little bleeding, apply a topical antiseptic, then cover with a dressing.

To draw out a splinter you can apply a slippery elm poultice for 24 hours, then wash the area with a few drops of myrrh oil in a teaspoon of water. To bring a deeply embedded splinter to the surface, apply a warm poultice of bread or bran several times throughout the day.

Then apply an ointment containing comfrey and cover with a light bandage for 24 hours. Draw out a stubborn splinter by applying an adhesive bandage spread with honey overnight.

Slippery Elm

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