Steps To Remove Splinters

Overview

Removing a splinter can be sore, particularly if it is wedged under the first layer of skin.

What Will You Need…

You will require the following items:

  • Big basin;
  • Antiseptic soap;
  • Alcohol;
    Removing a splinter can be sore, particularly if it is wedged under the first layer of skin.

    Removing a splinter can be sore, particularly if it is wedged under the first layer of skin.

  • Tweezers;
  • Warm water;
  • Baking soda;
  • Antibiotic ointment;
  • Soft towel; and
  • Dressing or bandage.

Organize The Work Area

  • Organize your work area by rinsing and disinfecting it. Place your materials so you can reach them easily.

Wash

  • Mix warm water with some antiseptic soap in a large basin.
  • Soak the wounded hand or foot in the warm water for at least ten minutes.

Dry

  • Dry the hand or foot by using a soft towel.
  • Do not apply force while drying the wounded area, as this will force the splinter deeper into the skin.

Disinfect With Alcohol

  • Disinfect the splintered area with alcohol.
  • Let it dry completely before going on to the next step.

Get Rid Of The Splinter

  • Get rid of the splinter by using some tweezers.
  • If you are not able to get rid of it, go on to the next step.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment and a dressing if you are able to get it out.

Combine Baking Soda

  • Take the same amount of baking soda and lukewarm water to produce a thick glue.
  • Lightly place this glue above the splinter.
  • You should rest for about 20 minutes to let the glue loosen the splinter.

Attempt To Get Rid Of The Splinter Again

  • Wash the glue away with a towel drenched in warm water.
  • Grab the splinter with tweezers.

Rinse

  • Rinse the foot or hand with antiseptic soap and water.
  • Massage the soap in for at least 30 seconds before rinsing off again.

Finish

  • Conclude by putting antibiotic ointment and a dressing on the affected area.
  • Rinse the area a few times a day until it has completely healed.

Splinters can be tricky to get rid of. Some might need several applications of baking soda paste. Do not press the affected region. Doing so will only push the splinter deeper into the skin.

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