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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Everyone has been there. No sooner did you or your child touch that old wooden bench when a small sliver of wood slides into the skin – causing a surprising amount of pain. Fortunately, say dermatologists, splinters are easy to remove with the proper tools and technique.
“Splinters come in all shapes and sizes, and they can really hurt,” said board-certified dermatologist Robert Sidbury, MD, MPH, FAAD, associate professor, department of pediatrics and division chief of dermatology, University of Washington School of Medicine. “To reduce pain and the possibility of an infection, splinters should be removed as quickly as possible.”
To remove a splinter, Dr. Sidbury recommends the following tips:
“Most splinters can be safely removed at home, but some may require medical assistance,” said Dr. Sidbury. “See your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist if your splinter is very large, deep, located in or near your eye or if the area becomes infected.”
These tips are demonstrated in “How to Remove a Splinter,” a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD’s “Video of the Month” series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.
Source: American Academy of Dermatology