Splinters typically refer to a small slice of wood that gets stuck in the skin. A splinter might attach to the skin from everyday wooden objects like tables, chairs, desks by accident. Removing them can be tricky, especially as they are very sharp and small, making them difficult to hold. But when not taken care of, splinters can lead to severe issues.
Removing a splinter does not always require professional help. In fact, with a few home tricks, you can quickly get rid of these wooden pieces. The only important point to remember is to keep hygiene in mind and ensure the area is clean and the tools you will be using are sanitized. Let us look at a few simple ways to remove splinters at home in detail.
Points To Remember
Before you choose any of the below methods for splinter removal, you need to have a basic understanding of the following aspects.
- Where is the splinter exactly located?
- How deep is the splinter?
- What is the size of the splinter?
- Which direction is the splinter inserted?
Understanding these basics will help you apply the right efforts with the below suggested method for quick removal.
Tweezer And Needle
Tweezers are the most commonly used tools for hair removal. They can also come in handy when it comes to splinter removal. Tweezers enable you to pinch the splinter close to the area it is stuck and pull it out precisely.
1. Use rubbing alcohol to clean the tweezer before use.
2. Make sure to achieve a clear and close view of the splinter. Now pinch the end of the splinter between the tweezer’s arms correctly. Always attach it closer to the mid part of the splinter to avoid breaking it into smaller fragments.
3. Pull the splinter out gently and slowly without any panic.
4. Check to ensure you removed the splinter completely. You can repeat the process with any smaller fragments left in the skin.
In some cases, a tweezer may not be enough to pop the splinter. If so, you can use a small needle to remove it.
1. Make sure to disinfect the needle and a pair of tweezers using rubbing alcohol.
2. With the help of magnifying glass, get a better view of the splinter.
3. Use the needle to gently pierce the skin’s surface at one end of the splinter.
4. Once you get one part of the splinter out, you can use the tweezer to remove the piece altogether.
Duct tape is a strong choice that can help remove even a deeper splinter. The sticky texture can easily attach to the splinter and remove it painlessly, like in the case of hair waxing.
1. Disinfect the area of insertion of the splinter thoroughly
2. Place the duct tape on the splinter. Make sure it is a fresh piece as the intensity of stickiness determines the success of removal.
3. Let the tape remain in the area for about 30 minutes.
4. Finally, pull it off the tape with force to remove the splinter.
Like duct tape, you can also easily remove splinters using glue.
1. Make sure you disinfect the area
2. Apply the glue, preferably white glue, for a better hold on the splinter. Let it dry for some time.
3. Peel it off with force to make sure the splinter gets pulled along with it.
Compared to duct tape, glue is more effective for small splinters that protrude from the skin’s surface. Avoid using any fragrance or glitter glue as they may trigger allergies on the skin.
Baking Soda Paste
Baking Soda is not just a cooking miracle but also an excellent solution for splinter removal.
1. Disinfect the splinter area,
2. Create a mixture of water and ¼ of a tablespoon of baking soda. The paste should be such that it can be spread smoothly on the splinter.
3. Spread the paste evenly and cover the splinter area with a bandage. Keep it for at least 24 hours.
4. Remove the bandage with force. You should notice that the splinter has come up to the surface. Now you can simply remove it using a tweezer. Repeat the same process till the splinter comes out of the surface.
You can also use other solutions to remove splinters from the skin like Epsom salt and water, lavender oil, honey, and warm water.
Banana peels can help get rid of splinter woes.
1. Take a small portion of a ripe peel and tape it on the inner side over the area with the splinter. The enzymes in the peel will soften your skin and move the splinter closer to the surface.
2. Leave the peel overnight, as the longer it stays, the better and easier it will be to remove the splinter. Sometimes it will be drawn out far enough to come out on its own along with the peel. At other times, you may still need to use a pair of tweezers to finish the job.
If the splinter hasn’t reached the skin surface in one night, replace the peel and leave it on for another day. Onion and potato peels can also work equally effectively.
Use these simple tips to remove splinters at home easily. Make sure to use clean tools and disinfect the area to avoid infection.