First aid

Updated 19 November 2014

How to remove a splinter

It's happened to all of us: a splinter from a broomstick sticks in your finger or you step on glass. Fortunately, most splinters or pieces of glass or metal can be removed easily.

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It's happened to all of us: a splinter from a broomstick sticks in your finger or you step on glass. Fortunately, most splinters or pieces of glass or metal can be removed easily.


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Wash your hands, but don’t let the area around a wooden splinter get wet – wood swells when wet, which will make it more difficult to remove the splinter; if the splinter is visible above the skin, squeeze the flesh around it which will either let it pop out, or make it easier to grab; sterilise a pair of tweezers in an open flame, allow it to cool and wipe off the soot – remove the splinter, at the same angle as its entry; once it is removed, squeeze the flesh around the wound to bring about a little bleeding – this will help remove any dirt.

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