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? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre How to save a choking child 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: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. 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 Mental health Clinic mum over 'gay conversion' therapy Medical Why you should take Vitamin C this festive season Medical 5 things you didn't know about osteoporosis Medical Doctors too strict about sex after heart attack Sex From she to he – a young man's journey to happiness Medical Avoid getting sick while going on holiday From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.