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First Aid: Splinters


First AidSplinters are objects that become embedded under the skin. Most often these are tiny pieces of wood, although glass, metal, and plastic can be splinters too.

Taking a splinter out as soon as you spot it helps prevent infection and makes removal easier (since the skin won't have time to heal over the splinter).

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

To remove a splinter:

Seek Medical Care

If:

Think Prevention!

Make sure kids:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014


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