5 Simple and Painless Ways to Remove a Splinter
Splinters are as sneaky as they are annoying, and the most common way to get one out of your body is with a pair of tweezers. There are items around your house that can help draw them out as well, so start by washing the affected area with soap and warm water.
1. SOAK IT IN EPSOM SALTS.
Epsom salts, dissolved in a warm bath, can help bring deep splinters to the surface of your skin; simply soak whatever part of your body has the splinter.
2. SLAP A BANANA PEEL ON TOP OF IT.
The enzymes in the peel soften your skin, allowing the splinter to move closer to the surface. If you don’t have a banana, you can use a potato slice in the same way.
3. MAKE A BAKING SODA PASTE.
Clean it with soap and water, then apply a paste made of water and baking soda, wrap it in a bandage, and leave it on for 24 hours before removing it.
4. USE SOME TAPE.
If you want to be extra safe, soak the area in warm water first to soften the skin before soaking it in warm tap water for extra body tenderness.
5. VINEGAR OR OIL.
Simply eyeball the splinter to determine its proximity to the surface.
How do you bring a splinter to the surface?
Use needles to remove a splinter that is located beneath the surface of the skin. Use a sterilized (alcohol-wiped) needle to gently break the skin over the object and lift the tip of the object. Remove the object with tweezers or nail clippers.
What will draw out a deep splinter?
If a splinter is particularly deep, make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the affected area, cover it with a bandaid or bandage, and wait a day; the paste should bring the splinter closer to the skin’s surface.
How do you remove an embedded splinter?
If the entire splinter is embedded under the skin, you can remove it with a small needle after sterilizing the needle and tweezers with rubbing alcohol. Next, look through a magnifying glass and gently pierce the skin at one end of the splinter with the needle.
Can you soak a splinter out?
-If you still can’t get the splinter out, soak the skin around the splinter in a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup warm water twice a day. The splinter should come out after a few days. -Once the splinter has been removed, clean the wound with soap and water.
What to do if you can’t get a splinter out?
Splinter treatment at home
- Place a piece of eggshell lining over the affected area.
- Soak the affected area in vinegar.
- Place banana skin on the area.
- Use baking soda paste on the area.
How do I get rid of a week old splinter?
Sterilize. If the splinter has entered the skin horizontally and part of it is sticking out, a pair of tweezers and a needle wiped down with rubbing alcohol can help. If the entire splinter is underneath the skin, a sterilized needle may be the best tool.
What ointment will draw out a splinter?
Splintex Splinter Removal Gel, which comes in a convenient take-anywhere pack, is used to help draw out splinters, thorns, and exudates (ooze and pus), and is especially useful for those hard-to-reach splinters under the nails and in the hands and feet.
Will deep splinter work itself out?
Slivers That Are Numerous, Tiny, and Painless: If superficial slivers are numerous, tiny, and painless, they can be left in; they will eventually work their way out through normal skin shedding, or the body will reject them by forming a small pimple that will drain on its own.
How do you remove a deep splinter you can’t see?
If you can’t see the tip, try an epsom salt soak, banana peels or potatoes, a baking soda paste, or vinegar to try to draw the splinter to the skin’s surface. Once the deep splinter has reached the skin’s surface, it may be easier to remove with tweezers and a needle.
What is the fastest way to remove a splinter?
How to use baking soda to try to remove splinters
- Wash your hands.
- Make a paste with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and water.
- Clean the skin around the splinter with soap and water.
- Apply the paste to and around the splinter.
- Place a sterile bandage on top.
- Leave it on for 24 hours, then remove it.
Does vinegar get splinters out?
Because vinegar is acidic and shrinks the skin around the splinter, it will help draw the splinter to the surface. You can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for this method, and soak it for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
Does hot water get splinters out?
Before attempting to remove the splinter, soak the affected area in warm water to soften your skin and make splinter removal easier. Use good lighting and a magnifying glass to see the splinter better.
Does hydrogen peroxide get splinters out?
Hold the affected hand or foot over a sink or bathtub, and pour hydrogen peroxide over the splinter. The bubbles may loosen the splinter, allowing it to be pulled out.
Will salt water draw out a splinter?
Add a pinch of Epsom salts to a bowl of warm water to remove a wood splinter. This works best when the splinter is in your finger or foot. Soak the affected area in the salt bath for 10 minutes or until the splinter swells up enough to be removed.
Does honey remove splinters?
Honey will not only remove the splinter, but it will also soothe the affected area. Apply honey to the affected area and let it sit for a few minutes. To avoid a mess, secure the honey with an adhesive band aid.