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Splinters

Even a tiny fragment of wood or glass, or a thorn, will cause inflammation and often infection if not removed. Large splinters deeply embedded are best removed by a doctor.

First aid treatment

  1. Sterilise tweezers or a splinter-remover by burning the ends over a flame or covering with water in a saucepan and boiling for 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Clean the area around the splinter, washing away from the wound.
  3. Grasp the protruding end of the splinter with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible, and pull it out. If the splinter is too far below the skin to grasp, use the tweezers or splinter­remover to expose its end so that it can be grasped and pulled out.
  4. Wash the wound with soapy water or antiseptic, dry it and, if necessary, cover it with an adhesive strip dressing.
  5. If the splinter cannot be removed, or if the wound becomes swollen, painful or infected, seek medical advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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