Home > Medical > First aid > Removing foreign objects 29 June 2005 Removing fishhooks Removing a fishhook is best left to a doctor, but if you are far from medical help, the following instructions will be useful. 0 Pin It Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to save a choking child Vinnie Jones' hard and fast hands-only CPR Removing a fishhook is best left to a doctor, but if you are far from medical help, the following instructions will be useful. Never remove a fishhook that is embedded in the eye or face or if you can feel a pulse nearby. Home treatment Numb the area with ice or cold water. If the point of the fishhook is nearly through the skin and located near its surface, push the hook forwards in the direction of the curve of the fishhook until you push the barb has been pushed through the skin. Cut the barb off with a pair of pliers, and then pull the hook back through the original hole. Or: Wrap a string around the midpoint of the bend of the fishhook and near the skin's surface. Push the hook down slightly with your index finger to disengage the barb. Jerk the string while continuing to apply pressure to the shank of the fishhook. Wash the wound with soap and running water and apply a loose, sterile dressing. Do not try this method if the hook is located in a skin surface which is likely to move when the string is pulled, such as the earlobe. Make sure that you are wearing glasses or eye protection. See a doctor if: the hook is near the eye, a joint or a pulsating artery, or deep in the flesh. you cannot remove it. you haven't had a tetanus injection within the previous five years. the area becomes infected. More in Medical Removing a ring More: First aidRemoving foreign objects advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare 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 Lifestyle Drug-resistant bacteria cause stubborn infections Lifestyle Your 'bacteria types' are as individual as you are Medical Belgian doctors transplant windpipes Mental health Football players' brains take a beating Parenting Researchers discover how sperm and eggs 'hook up' Medical Free samples may lead to expensive prescriptions From our sponsors Momentum Health OatWell Dual Cross Is being overweight or obese dangerous? Tips to keep your immunity strong this winter Smile your way to better health Live healthier Strenghten your immunity » Keep your immunity strong Immune system boosters Boost your family's immunity 5 immune boosters in your kitchen You don’t need a handful of vitamins and supplements to keep your body healthy, check out these five immune boosting foods you probably already have in your kitchen. Laugh a little » Eat yourself happy Laugh more and live longer Laughing yoga the best medicine The healing power of laughter A good chuckle doesn't only make you feel happy for a moment, it's beneficial to your health too.