A splinter is a fragment of foreign material trapped under the skin. Timber splinters are the most common, although thorns, glass, metal, and other foreign items may also cause splinters. If you’ve ever had a sliver sticking in, you understand how irritating and painful it can be.
To avoid infection, you should eliminate a splinter as soon as possible. It’s often better to wait for the fragment to come to the top layer of the epidermis and then extract it with tweezers.
Even after trying very hard, there might not be enough splinter sticking out to grasp with tweezers. But there’s another method to get rid of it. A DIY splinter kit comes in handy if there is a splinter that needs urgent attention. But what equipment do you need to make this kit? Read on to know the easy guide to make a simple splinter kit at home.
What are the components of a DIY splinter kit?
Removing a persistent splinter from your body is never pleasant, mainly if it requires a scalpel or tweezers to scrape into your flesh. However, by removing splinters from your skin using ordinary home or medical products, you may do it quickly and painlessly.
Here are five essentials you must have in your DIY splinter removal kit along with its use to get that piece of wood out of your skin quickly and comfortably:
A needle and tweezers:
The majority of splinters may be dealt with at home using tweezers and a scalpel. It’s preferable to address a splinter as soon as possible because you don’t want it to become contaminated or dig further into the skin.
The first action is to clean your tools by rubbing alcohol thoroughly. Then look at the splinter to determine which way it went through the skin and if any of it is sticking out. If a piece of the splinter is exposed, take it out with the tweezers in the same direction it went in.
However, you will require that tiny needle if the whole splinter is lodged in the skin. At one end of the splinter, gently penetrate the skin’s surface using the needle. Continue gently pulling out a section of the fragment until you see the tip. Then remove it with your tweezers. After that, clean the area thoroughly, apply paraffin jelly, and wrap it in a bandage until it recovers.
To remove shallow splinters:
- Use sticky adhesive (such as duct tape).
- Apply a tiny amount of tape to the head of a splinter and keep it there for 30 minutes.
- Slowly peel the tape from the skin in the opposite way that the splinter entered.
As you peel the tape away, it should cling to the end of the fragment and pull it off. To soften the skin, rinse the region with water first.
Using one spoonful of baking powder and one cup of water, make a paste. Apply the paste to the skin surrounding the splinter. Then cover the exposed skin with a bandage and let it undisturbed for at least 24 hours. The baking salt solution should draw the splinter to the surface, allowing it to be easily removed with tweezers.
An adhesive like paper glue may be a good way to pull out the splinter. Apply glue to the skin surrounding the splinter and allow it to dry thoroughly (it will not work if it is still wet). Remove the adhesive after it has dried. When you strip away the adhesive, it should come out readily. If the splinter is tiny and close to the surface, this technique works well.
Apply some hydrogen peroxide to the afflicted region. As the peroxide rises, the splinter will migrate closer to the surface. The peroxide may entirely remove the splinter from the skin without causing discomfort in only a few minutes. This technique can be successful on big splinters, although it may be less so if the splinter is too deep. What if you don’t have any hydrogen peroxide on hand? Instead, use white vinegar.
Bonus item: Epsom salt:
Epsom salt baths may help with a variety of illnesses, including splinters. They may aid in bringing deep splinters to the surface. Soak the afflicted region in a warm bath with a cup of salts. You may also use a bandage pad to apply salts to your skin and keep it on for the day. The salts will help to raise the splinter to a position where you may tweeze it.
When to see a doctor?
Although splinters are generally easy to remove at home, certain cases may need a trip to the doctor. Schedule a visit with your health care physician if you experience any of the symptoms listed below.
- You can’t get rid of a splinter beneath your fingernail.
- You’ve got a splinter below your eye.
- You can’t get rid of a deep, agonizing splinter.
- You can’t get rid of a shattered splinter.
- Pus, swelling, inflammation near the wound
- A big splinter is obstructing your mobility or obstructing nerve feeling.
Remember that a splinter is just a tiny annoyance in and of itself. Infection from the germs on the splinter, on the other hand, may cause sepsis, a life-threatening disease.
Removing a piece of wood from your skin does not have to be painful at all. You may be able to pull the splinter out of your skin on your own if you have all the things mentioned in the list mentioned above. If you’re worried or think the wound may be contaminated, schedule an appointment at your local clinic to eliminate the uncertainty.