Splinter: will it work its way out, or should I force it?

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red willow
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Splinter: will it work its way out, or should I force it?

Postby red willow » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:55 am

I got a wood splinter in my finger yesterday. It's too far in to take out with tweezers. I remember from my childhood, in a house with splintery floors, being advised that splinters would work their own way out. But is that true? I've soaked my hand in warm water a couple of times, and I have a blister forming around the splinter, but it doesn't seem to be coming out. Should I wait a while longer? Try to dig into my skin with a pin (I remember my mom doing that when I was about 8 years old and got a deep splinter in my foot)? Something else?

ItalianBee
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Re: Splinter: will it work its way out, or should I force it?

Postby ItalianBee » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:11 pm

I have had splinters that worked their way out, but on the other hand I might worry about infection if you leave it in there.

And my mother always used a needle, which she held over a flame to sterilise - she said that pins might be partly composed of brass, which was not good to prick yourself with. Now I don't have any idea where she got that, and given that I am in my 60's it may no longer be true, but I have always stayed away from pricking myself with needles!

In your positition what I might be tempted to do is open it up with a razor blade and then try a needle. But I am no doctor and I don't know what a doctor would say.

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Re: Splinter: will it work its way out, or should I force it?

Postby Lady Alinor » Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:45 am

Red Willow, how goes the splinter?

Old Timers used to use warm Pine Sap to draw out splinters.......Plantain (Plantago spp.) poultice might work too, just keep applying it.

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Re: Splinter: will it work its way out, or should I force it?

Postby Kazina » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:29 pm

I know this topic is old but I want to post because there is more to say about it. I have heard good things about plantain also and it's so widely available in most people's backyards. another great remedy for drawing out things that don't belong is castor oil as it is said to have a penetration and extraction power of about 4 inches of depth

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Re: Splinter: will it work its way out, or should I force it?

Postby Lady Alinor » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:35 am

Right On! Castor Oil! Great suggestion!


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