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Splinters from wood, glass or metal can enter the skin and can carry a risk of infection. Splinters can be easily removed from the skin using tweezers, however, if the splinter is deep within the skin it can be difficult to remove and should be left in place until medical help has arrived.

What to do

  • 1.Clean the area around the splinter carefully with warm water and soap.
  • 2.Grasp the splinter with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible and draw it out in a straight line, keeping it at the same angle as it went into the skin.
  • 3.Squeeze the wound carefully to encourage slight bleeding as this will help to remove any dirt. Clean and dry the wound and cover with a dressing if necessary.

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