Home > Medical > First aid > Removing foreign objects 29 June 2005 Objects in the skin Have look at how to remove splinters or pieces of glass and metal. 0 Pin It Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » Breathe for me Become an organ donor Most splinters or pieces of glass or metal can be removed easily. Home treatment Wash your hands. 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. If a part remains embedded immediately below the skin surface, sterilise a needle, and gently loosen the skin around the splinter. Try to lift the end of the splinter. Then, by using the tweezers again, make sure that the entire splinter is removed. Once it is removed, squeeze the flesh around the wound to bring about a little bleeding. This will help remove any dirt. Clean the area with soapy water, let it dry and apply an antiseptic ointment. See a doctor if: you cannot remove the splinter the area becomes infected your tetanus immunisation is not up to date. Splinters and other foreign bodies carry the risk of tetanus. More in Medical Foreign objects in the nose More: First aidRemoving foreign objects advertisement Get a quote Selfmed - the one with the apple Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Parenting Overeating learned in infancy Lifestyle Fastest face transplant done in 3 weeks Medical Scientists map foot fungi Parenting Doctors 'print' on baby's airway tube, save his life Lifestyle Carbon footprint of shoes damaging environment Parenting Abused children at risk for obesity as adults From our sponsors Hill's Science Plan Canine Mini range What is Diabetic Neuropathy? There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Live healthier Be vitamin-smart » A-Z of vitamins What is vitamin C? Ask the expert Why we need vitamin D Even in a country with an abundance of sunlight you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Here's why. Beat acne » Stars with scars Acne tips Skincare Myths about acne Through the ages, there have been many myths about acne. We list the myths and give you the facts.