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? » Vinnie Jones' hard and fast hands-only CPR Breathe for me 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 Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice 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 Fitness Getting office employees up and moving Medical Type 2 diabetes raises cancer risk Mental health Coping with grief during the holiday season Medical Epilepsy surgery improves lives Medical Quit smoking after cancer diagnosis to survive Medical Gene therapy kills leukaemia cells From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life. Live healthier Grief » Phases of grief Culture and grief Grieving in holidays How do you deal with grief? There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. Weight loss » Healthy snacking Weight and heart Texting and weight 10 tips to lose weight Need to shed some weight? Get rid of those extra kilos for good with these 10 expert weight loss tips, compiled by Health24's DietDoc, Dr Ingrid van Heerden.