How to remove a splinter
Splints are common injuries, especially in those undertaking outdoor activities or DIY. If a splinter is embedded deeply, difficult to remove or on a joint then leave it in place and seek medical attention.
Removing simple splinters
Otherwise, simple splinters can be removed as follows:
- Carefully clean the area with warm soapy water to minimise the risk of infection.
- Using a pair of clean tweezers, grip the splinter as close to the skin as possible. Gently
pull the splinter out at the same angle that it entered.
- Gently squeeze around the wound to encourage a little bleeding. Wash the wound
again, then dry and cover with a dressing.
- Ensure tetanus immunisation is up-to-date, medical attention may be required if not to ensure a booster shot is given
- Monitor the area for evidence of infection (warmth, redness and pain). If these signs/symptoms develop then seek urgent medical attention