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 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 SPONSORED: We want your Facebook like Join our Facebook community and help us reach 100 000 likes fast! 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 Diet and nutrition Large retailers caught tampering with food labels News Crazy pictures of China's "Giraffe Boy" Medical Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS all the rage in SA Fitness Athletes should give concussion time to heal Mental health Electrical pulses through scalp boost memory Parenting Parents' arguments may affect bond with kids From our sponsors Like us on facebook! Why take out life insurance from OUTsaurance Keep your pet's teeth in tip top condition Occlusal disease - a modern day dental problem Live healthier Knee pain relief » Knee injuries Test your knee pain knowledge Symptoms of knee pain Do you suffer from knee pain? Do you suffer from recurrent knee pain? It could be osteoarthritis... Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins Get your vitamins right Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.