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Splinters - Easy Ways to Remove a Splinter Painlessly

Updated on August 30, 2011

Easy Ways To Remove Splinters

Ahhh splinters...those pesky little buggers. It is probably one of the only injuries where bigger is considered better because the bigger the splinter is -- the easier it is to get it out.

Well not to worry. There are a bunch of creative ways to try and remove smaller splinters that might end up being much easier than you think.

Many of these work especially well on children who aren't crazy about you coming near them with a needle (thought that technique is explained here as well if it comes to that).

Always be sure to clean the area with hydrogen peroxide or topical antibiotic regardless of the remedy you use to avoid infection. Cover with a band-aid if needed.


For more easy to use home remedies visit Home Remedies for Everything.

Try Elmer's Glue

Who didn't enjoy putting Elmer's glue on their hands when they were younger, waiting for it to dry and peeling it off?

Well this technique happens to work great when it comes to removing a splinter as well.

Simply dab a little glue over the splinter, wait for it to dry and pull off the glue. Splinters will usually come right out with it.


Try Some Packing Tape

If you don't happen to have Elmer's glue handy, any kind of packing tape can make splinter removal just as easily.

Simply place a small piece of the packing tape over the splinter then peel the tape off in the opposite direction that the splinter went in.

You can probably try scotch tape if you have no choice, but packing tape packs more of a sticky wallop.


DAP Caulk

Working along the same principle as the two remedies above, coat the splinter with a drop of DAP caulk - wait for it to dry - and then pull off in the opposite direction that the splinter went in.


Use Topical Anesthetic Cream or Ambesol

If you don't happen to have any of the above items handy or you do in fact need to use tweezers or a needle, cover the area with a topical anesthetic cream such as Topicain, Dr. Numb or even good old Ambesol.

This will at least make removal a little less painful, especially in cases involving children.


Try Baking Soda

This is a way to remove splinters when the splinter is just too small to see or get at, or you have exhausted all of your other resources. This technique is also a great way to remove tiny, almost invisible shards of glass.

Gently wash the area then dry with a paper towel because it is extra absorbent and will get out all of the moisture.

Make a paste by mixing 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with water then put this paste on a band-aid (not on the splinter directly).

Put the band-aid on the infected area and leave on for 24 hours.

When you remove the band-aid the splinter should now have risen and be more visible for easier removal by tweezers. If you still cannot see it - gently wash hands because the water alone might remove it.

This is a last ditch effort however. The baking soda causes the skin to swell which would make the other remedies above harder to do - so only use this when other options are exhausted.


Using Tweezers to Remove a Splinter

When it comes to using tweezers it helps to have a magnifying glass handy as well.

All tweezers and needles should be sterilized to prevent possible infection. You can do this by either dropping them in boiling water for 15 minutes, cleaning them with povidone-iodine solution, rubbing alcohol or by putting them over an open flame such as a lighter. Be sure not to let the tweezers or needles get black however before using.

Then simply grab the splinter with the tweezers and back it out of the skin.

Be sure to clean the area with peroxide after removal to also avoid infection.


Use a Needle To Remove a Splinter

Sometimes a splinter might be too embedded to use the remedies above.

In this case you can use a needle to help gain access to it.

Make sure the needle is sterilized by using the same methods mentioned in the tweezers section.

Then make a small hole in the skin at the end of the splinter. Easily lift the skin to expose the splinter, put the needle under the splinter until it can be grasped with the tweezers or by hand and pull it out.

Make sure to clean the area after splinter is removed.


Be sure to visit Home Remedies For Everything for 100's of great tips on other ailments that can easily be treated at home.


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