How to Remove A Splinter Guide
While a normal injury with dried twigs and splinters can be scratchy, it also causes a lot of pain. This condition is best handled with a wash of an antiseptic and a skin cream used over it. But many times, small sliver of wood or any other material get stuck and every time you try pulling it out, it breaks and causing more pain and complications. If it stays inside the body for too long, it may enter the blood stream and cause infections. Read on this article to understand how to remove a splinter safely without causing any harm to your skin.
Before we start discussing about different natural ways of pulling out small tiny twigs, lets try to understand the phrase “Splinter” and what happens if you don’t remove it on time.
Splinter can be a small and spiky substance that penetrates into your skin and cause painful situations if left untreated.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), splinter can be of different materials like wood, glass, plastic, metal, and spines of animals.
Splinter Can Get Stuck in the Skin in Below Situations;
- Using furniture and wooden items that are chipped
- Walking bare foot on grass that is not cleaned
- Walking bare foot in areas of foliage
- Negligence in touching thorny stems and plants without rubber gloves
- High winds and tornadoes that throw anything at the body
Four Natural Ways to Remove a Splinter
1. Remove a Splinter Using Asafoetida
Here we go with first solution for how to remove splinter! The most effective way to do so is by Applying asafoetida (Hing). Dip a cotton ball into a mix of asafoetida (Hing) and water, tie up the area for a while. Just watch it come out on its own without least pain to the body in fact none at all.
2. How to Remove a Splinter Trying Tweezers and Needles?
If the thorn is visible at the upper flap of the skin then use of tweezers would be the best and quick option. Before you start removing it, make sure that you sterilize your tweezers and needles in alcohol. It will reduce the risk of any further infection to your skin. If a splinter is covered with a layer of skin, then use sterilized needle to cut and break the skin over the penetrated substance.
Now, you can pull out the visible splinter using your tweezers carefully.
If you got deeply penetrated twig or sliver then it would be much better to consider going to a hospital, or watch this video to know how to remove a deep splinter.
3. Use Masking Tape, Duct Tape, or Electrical Tape
Do you get a fragile splinter from plants or fiberglass? If yes, then use of the tap would be the best home remedy to remove a splinter without causing pain.
You can use any type of tap (masking tape, duct tape, or electrical tape). Just gently apply a tap over the affected area and press it smoothly. Do take care that you are not pressing the splinter deeper into the skin.
Once you felt that tap start making contact with the splinter, pull it off carefully in the same direction that the splinter penetrated into your skin.
4. White School Glue in your Aid
You can find a home remedy for removing splinter from your kid’s school bag in the form of white school glue. What you need to do is just wash the affected area thoroughly and dry it out properly. Now apply enough glue around the affected area and leave it for few minutes and let it dry completely.
Slowly pull out the glue in the same direction that the splinter entered your skin. Make sure that the entire portion of splinter comes out with the glue. You need to repeat the process if you find the rest part left in the skin.
Precaution: Do not use instant glue, as it can worsen your efforts of removing thorn from skin.
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Hope this how to remove a splinter guide helps you to understand the best possible natural ways available for removing tiny and spiky sliver without causing pain and infection to your skin.