Splinters are foreign bodies that are partially or fully embedded in the skin. Splinters usually are wood, but metal, glass, and plastic materials may be considered a splinter.
To Remove a Splinter:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before attempting to remove the splinter.
- Before trying more invasive method, squeeze the splinter from both sides and the bottom of the splinter to try and work it back the way it came.
- Clean a needle and a pair of tweezers. Use the needle to open up the skin above the splinter enough to grab the splinter with the tweezers and remove it. If the needle doesn’t work, a pair of nail clippers can be used on the skin.
- Grasp the end of the splinter with the tweezers and back it out of the skin.
- Wash the wound with warm water.