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? » Breathe for me Become an organ donor 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 Selfmed - the one with the apple Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover Frank.Net - save on life insurance! 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 Medical Acne pill benefits outweigh blood clot risk: EU agency Fitness Doping in professional sport Lifestyle Scientists say humans are causing global climate change Medical Nanotechnology to help fight diabetes Diet and nutrition Living near fast-food outlets ups obesity risk Mental health 1 in 5 teens have a mental disorder From our sponsors There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Medihelp’s regional information sessions Superior comfort and support Live healthier Keep your bones healthy » Osteoporosis risk The beauty of bones Ask the expert Osteoporosis facts Here are some interesting facts about the condition that you might not have known: Fight cold and flu » Myths and facts Cold or flu? Where germs hide 15 tips to stay healthy in winter Don't let colds and flu stop you this winter.