How to Get a Thorn Out of Your Finger

Updated April 17, 2017

A thorn in your finger can be painful and cause skin irritation. While most thorns that are stuck underneath your skin will eventually push themselves out within two to three days, removing it immediately can eliminate any chance of infection. After properly sterilising your equipment, you can likely remove the thorn on your own in a matter of minutes.

Wash your hands well with warm water and soap to disinfect your hands and fingers.

Dab a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol solution and wipe down the pair of tweezers you will use to pull the thorn out. Rubbing alcohol sterilises the tweezers to prevent infection as a result of germs in the open wound. If the thorn is underneath the skin, you will also need to sterilise the tip of the needle with rubbing alcohol.

Prick the tip of the needle underneath the skin near where the thorn is located. Nudge the thorn upward with the needle to make it easier to grab with the tweezers. If the thorn is already protruding out of your skin, you will not need a needle.

Grasp the end of the thorn with the pair of tweezers and slowly pull the thorn out. Once the thorn is out, wash the affected area again with warm water and soap.

Dry the affected area and apply an antibiotic creme or ointment to prevent the area from becoming infected.


If you notice swelling, redness or pain in your finger, visit your doctor and have him check to see if the wound is infected.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Warm water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Sewing needle
  • Tweezer
  • Antibiotic creme or ointment
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Chang Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.