How To Get Rid of a Sliver

By Subodh / August 31, 2011

Did you ever (or do you now) have a very minute piece of wood, paper, or other debris stuck under your skin? Maybe you are not sure how to get rid of a sliver, especially if your top layer of skin has already grown over it.

Introductory Facts

The difficultly in removing a sliver depends on how severe it is. Sometimes having a tiny object stuck in your skin can cause pain, especially if it is on the bottom of your foot.

The worst cases of slivers are those that reside right underneath your nail bed. These hurt the most and are the hardest to remove.

What you Need

Two of the main tools used to take out slivers include a pin (or needle) and a tweezers. You can also make use of one or more of the following: Warm water, Povidone-iodine solution, cotton balls, soap, sticky tape, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and nail clippers. A bee-stine swab and/or surgical gloves might also be very helpful.

Steps to get rid rid of a sliver:

  • Clean the spot and surrounding area. While you wash the wound and the area around it with soap and water. make sure you do not push the silver furhter into the skin. A cotton ball with povidone-iodine is recommended for this purpose instead of isopropyl alcohol because it cleans out more bacteria.
  • Clean your hands thoroughly with soap. You can use an antibacterial soap for this step. However, make sure you do not dry out your hands in the process as too much of this kind of cleansing agent will do more harm than good. After you have washed your hands you can then wear protective rubber gloves to prevent further infection.
  • If the sliver is in a sensitive area of the skin, bee-sting swab. This particular cleaning object can dull the pain of the sliver, especially if it is in a sensitive area such as under a nail
  • Clean wound after removing the object from your skin. Once the sliver is removed, you can prevent Burning, redness, and irritation if you clean the wound. Just wash the area as you would your hands and then cover the cleaned area with gauze or adhesive bandage. This preventative and protective action can further safeguard you against infection.

Additional Removal Methods

Another common way to remove a splinter that has not become embedded in your skin is to squeeze the splinter with two fingers. Then, force the object out from the base of it until it is dislodged from the skin.

An additional tip for making it easier to remove your splinter is to soak it in warm water and/or dab the area with hydrogen peroxide. This will loosen the skin around it and over it. After that, you can attempt to squeeze it out with your fingers or use a tweezers to squeeze it or force it out.

You could also just wait if it does not hurt. Chances are it will eventually fall out on its own. You could also use tape or a glue and baking soda paste to strip it out with a ripping action.

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