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How to remove small cactus needles?

answered by G M

Is it possible to remove splinters at home?

There are many ways one may get splinters into their fingers or feet which may result in a lot of pain and even a pus filled infection if the splinter has not been removed and has been left untreated. Some of the common splinters that are found embedded in the skin are that of glass and wood. One of the home remedies for removing splinters from the finger is to soak the affected finger in some warm water. As a result the tissues around the affected area will become soft and thereby allow the removal of the splinter. This remedy is most useful for removing splinters from children. Another natural way of removing splinters from the finger especially if it is not too deeply embedded is to use a pair of tweezers with thin edges and pull the splinter out. For removing big splinters from the finger one may also apply some pressure on the area around the splinter and thereby gently coax the splinter to come out of the finger. Before using a pair of tweezers for removing a splinter, one should ensure that the tweezers are thoroughly sterilized. For removing splinters from the finger on may also put some scotch tape over the splinter and quickly pull off the tape along with the splinter.

answered by K C

How do you remove a splinter?

The term splinter is used to describe a sharp and often small object that has embedded itself within the skin of an individual. Splinters are most commonly made of wood although one may suffer from a similar problem with other sharp objects. A splinter embedded in the skin can cause considerable pain even though it may not pose a serious injury risk to the individual. The best way to remove a splinter is by using a pair of tweezers. Tweezers of an extremely small size must be used so that access to the splinter is easy. The area may be washed to remove any dirt and make the splinter clearly visible. One may hold the skin around the splinter and squeeze it. This should help to raise the affected area and make the splinter more prominent. The tweezers can then be placed on either side of the splinter and used to pull it out. If the splinter does not come out easily, one may wait for some time and try again later. One may also try one of the popular home remedies for splinter removal. The use of wet dough to be rolled over the splinter area is popular. This may attach to the splinter and remove it.

answered by G R

Try these remedies -

  • You can numb the area by applying ice on it; this will help to reduce the pain temporarily.
  • Apply rubber cement on the affected skin, let it dry and then peel it off. This is very effective in removing these invisible cactus needles.
  • You can also use a duct tape. Apply on the skin and rip it off at once. This will also remove these tiny cactus needles.

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