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Splinter removal

Splinter removal

Overview

A splinter can be removed by first using a pin to break the skin over the splinter area. Next use tweezers to grab hold of the splinter to gently pull it out. Wash the area with soap and water after removing the splinter.

Review Date 9/24/2017

Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.