Easy Ways to Get a Splinter Out

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Easy Ways to Get a Splinter Out
Splinters can easily get under the skin of hands or feet. (Hand of the hand image by Roman Rvachov from Fotolia.com)

Skin can become infected if a splinter is left under it for too long. In this case, consult a physician to have the splinter removed professionally. If the splinter has not yet become infected, however, there are a number of easy methods by which you can remove it quickly and without much pain.

Apply Ice

Apply ice to the area where the splinter is embedded. This will help numb the skin before using something to extract the splinter. Not only will this tactic help make the splinter removal less painful, but it will also toughen the skin up enough to make extraction easier.

Soak the Area

Soak the area where the splinter is located prior to removal. For example, for a splinter in the finger, soak the hand in warm water or wait and take the splinter out following a bath. Softening up the skin this way may make it easier to extract the splinter from the skin, especially when the splinter is being particularly stubborn.

Needle Method

For small splinters, use a sterilised sewing needle. Wipe the needle down with an alcohol swab or boil it in water prior to use. Slide the needle into the outermost layers of skin where the splinter is located, and pull up to break the skin and expose the splinter. Once the splinter's tip is exposed, use a pair of ordinary tweezers to grasp and remove it. Apply antibiotic ointment and an adhesive bandage to the area if necessary.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Apply hydrogen peroxide to the skin using a clean cotton swab and allow it to sit for several minutes. In many instances, the hydrogen peroxide will allow the splinter to work itself out. The hydrogen peroxide will also help sterilise the wound by drawing out any germs.


Use a pair of tweezers if the splinter is not completely embedded in the skin and there is enough of it exposed that it can be easily grasped. If there is not enough splinter free for grasping with tweezers, the splinter may break off or refuse to come out. Stubborn splinters and tweezers do not go well together, and other methods of removal should be attempted.

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