Getting a splinter is generally not the most painful thing you can think of. However, it is irritating, and if not taken care of properly a splinter can get infected. If you’re not careful, getting a splinter removed can be a painful process, but leaving it in can be worse. So, consider some of the following ways to quickly and painlessly remove a splinter.
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1. Tape is Quick and Easy
One of the easiest ways you can remove a splinter is with tape. You can use either scotch tape or duct tape for this method. Using tape will not work as effectively if the splinter is deep or large. However, on a small, shallow splinter, cover the area with a piece of tape. Gently remove the tape in the opposite direction of how the splinter is in.
2. Baking Soda Pulls up Splinters
Make a paste of about a single tablespoon of baking soda and water. Put this paste on the area where the splinter is located. Make sure you put a bandage over the area, and leave it alone for at least 24 hours. This should pull the splinter up to the surface, making it easier to pull out. At this point, you should be able to pull the splinter out with tweezers painlessly.
3. Glue Peels Off
You can use simple Elmer’s glue (or your favorite brand) to pull out a splinter. Cover the area of the splinter. Let the glue dry completely. If you attempt to pull it off before the glue is completely dry, this tip will not work. Once the glue is dry, peel it off. As long as the splinter is not too deep, this should pull it out quickly and easily. This is best used if the splinter is small and near the surface.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide Pops Splinters Out
If you have some hydrogen peroxide around, pour some over the area of the splinter. As the peroxide bubbles, it moves the splinter toward the surface. In just a few minutes, the peroxide can pop the splinter completely out of the skin, without any pain. This can be used for large splinters, but may be less effective if the splinter is too big.
5. Clinics Can Help
If you have tried these tips, and are still having trouble, it may be time to head to a clinic. Walk in clinics are a great option for getting deep or large splinters out. They will be able to ensure that you are not in pain and that the splinter gets out completely. A walk-in clinic allows you to ensure that there is no infection in the spot, as well. If there is an infection, the doctors at the clinic will be able to treat the infection, as well.
Getting a splinter out can be a painful process, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending on where the splinter is, and how deep it goes, you may be able to get it out of your skin by yourself.
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