I got an inch long wooden splinter in my hand - ouch

@ellie333 (21029)
June 15, 2008 4:21pm CST
On Monday at work I was locking up and caught my hand on a rough edge of the door and got a one inch splinter. As I was locking up I didn't put into accident book and just pulled it out. Only thing is there is still some left in and I have tried digging with a needle, tweezers, soaking it and it is still there. Any ideas how I can draw it out? Ellie :D
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@Darkwing (21588)
15 Jun 08
Hello, my dear friend. I have a little suggestion that you might try which is usually quite effective. Try rubbing a little soap onto a plaster, add a little bit of sugar then place the plaster over the splinter, and leave on for twenty-four hours. If it still hasn't come out, try once more, but it should work first time... it usually does. Brightest Blessings my friend... I hope you get it out soon. Good night, last night? xxx
@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Thanks Darkwing, I will certainly try that, in fact off to the kitchen to do right after this. Oh I had a lovely evening but feeling a bit delicate today more so than Friday. Glad you have arrived at Gabs safe. Wish her well for me. Did you hear anything yet? Ellie :D
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@Darkwing (21588)
15 Jun 08
Good... I should have told you that whilst I was there but as you know, my mind wasn't quite as alert as it should have been. It was straying and still is, as no, I've heard nothing, and haven't seen him online either. I'm getting really worried about things now... especially as something strange happened on the 57 bus going towards the bus station, just before the last roundabout. All things put together, worry me a lot! Ok, I know today was Father's day and he's probably been busy with the girls, but I'm still a little perturbed. This is not like him. I'm glad you enjoyed your evening. xx
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Darkwing, Splinter still there at mo, LOL. Hope you hear soon. Ellie :D
@littleowl (7157)
15 Jun 08
Hi Ellie-that sounds bad-I know this may sound silly but one thing I used to do was cut the end of a plater off and just put the sticky part on it then leave it for a day or two take it off and then it seemed to of drawn the splinter out or to the top so I was able to get it out-other than that am not sure-maybe some else will have a better idea-hugs blessed be littleowl
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Hi Darkwing suggested salt and sugar on a plaster which I have done now so I hope it works but will try the sticky bit if not or go to pharmacy and ask for a special drawing out cream that I have been told they do bu I don't know the name of. Thanks for suggestion. Ellie :D
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Ekk! Ouch! Aren't splinters lovely? NOT Sometimes what I resort to doing is using a nail clipper to cut into the skin and get it out...yes, it does hurt doing that but at least it's out...then afterwards use some peroxide to disinfect the area--if you have one of those antibiotic type ointments use that too.
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Ouch that sounds even more painful than having the splinter itself. I'm just off to the kitchen to try Darkwings suggestion as I'm not that brave to use nail clippers. Ellie :D
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• United States
15 Jun 08
You may have to just let it work itself out, I'm sure it won't be fun but that may be the only thing left.
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Its because it is on where the hand bends that I am constantly aware of it, splinters are like papercuts small but annoying. Ellie :D
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@Gollywog (1092)
15 Jun 08
OUCH? get it looked at splinters are nasty, they go so far into your flesh it unbelievable.I do as you do I have never found an easier way of getting them out just keep digging. lol
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
I have even had my neighbour have a dig but no joy. I will go to pharmacy tomorrow and get something to help draw it out I think. Ellie :D
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• India
16 Jun 08
come on ellie. the best thing is to first get rid of the splinter by any means. any foreign object present deep inside the body tissue can be a potential source of infection. so first and foremost, get rid of the splinter. for this, go to a pharmacist's shop.ask for a small 10cc bottle of lignocaine5% or xylocaine and a bottle of normal saline. it is a local anaesthetic and will help you feel no pain. get a 5cc disposable syringe and a needle ( dispovan or any company).then load about 5cc of the xylocaine and put it around the area where the splinter is there. then wait for 3-4 minutes. then with the other hand, pull it out with the help of a pair of tongs.make sure that the tongs is first clean or preferably boil it for 5 minutes and then use it. grasp should be firm. by this no remnants would stay back. after taking it out, pour some normal saline and wash the wound thoroughly. then apply some betadine or neosporin ointment and allow it to dry for an hour. then apply a dressing or a bandage. take analgesics like ibuprofen 500mg twice a day for 5 days or aceclofenac 100mg twice a day for 5 days. do let me know about your progress after you get well.all the best and get well soon.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Wow thanks for you indepth advice on this one, I really appreicate it. In fact it is now out, minutes ago now as a neigbour got it out for me. It was embedded very deeply but I now have a plaster over with savlon on it to prevent infection in the open wound. A needle don it in the end. Thanks for your concern, appreciated. Ellie :D
• India
11 Jul 08
thank you for tagging me as best response. may god bless you and happy my lotting for the future. i have sent you a friend request. see you. bye.
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@ellie333 (21029)
11 Jul 08
Thank you also painkiller and I have willingly accepted and look forward to many more interesting discussions in the future. Keep posting, keep responding and most importantly, have FUN with it. God bless. Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16193)
15 Jun 08
Ouch, Ouch and double triple ouch. Sorry I really hate splinters, and you should have filled the accident book in! The only thing that I know to work on drawing a splinter out is good old TCP. I had a splinter under my fingernail once that started getting infected, it is what the doctor gave me.
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Hi I know I should have filled the book but it was late, I was tired and it pages of paperwork for my manager too. I haven't any TCP but ooouch and double and triple ouch to you too for the one under the nail. That must have been really painful. This is too as it is on the bend of the hand between thumb and finger so everytime I move hand I can feel it. Ellie :D
@gemini_rose (16193)
15 Jun 08
Yes it did hurt, it went extremely red and swollen and got so hot that when I touched my face I could actually feel it warm my skin up.
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
OOOUCH. Ellie:D
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@mummymo (23707)
16 Jun 08
Ouch ellie! hopefully you have gotten it out by now as i am as usual way behind on posts! The 2 top tips I know are soaking your hand in warm water for about 10 to 15 minutes before you even start. The thinking is that the warm water will make the wood swell and it will either come out on its own or be easier to grip with some clean tweezers. If that doesn't work then there is the theory that icing up the area will help to numb it enough to let you dig in a bit deeper. it is really important that you get it all out and use plenty of antiseptic to prevent infection. If you can't get it out honey you have to make sure you see a doctor or nurse or you could end up with a very nasty infection! Hugs xxx
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Mummymo, yes you will be pleased to hear that I have not got it out with help from a neighbour, it was in very deep and as in hand awkard for me to get to. I have put savlon and a plaster over so should be okay but strangely enough one of our other staff members was at the hospital today as she got one embedded under her nail bless and also had to have a tetanus but I am thankfully up to date with mine. Ellie :D
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@mummymo (23707)
17 Jun 08
So glad to hear you have it out and are doing all you can to keep it infection free! sounds to me like they need to fix the doors if that is 2 of you suffering these splinters in such a short space of time! xxx
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 Jun 08
Ellie, that feels terrible! The last time I had one stuck in my fleshy side of the palm, the fore finger to be precise, my mom came to my help. She pulled it out with a tweezer after much tries though. You can ask for assistance for it's impossible to do it yourself. And even it's there after that rub it with ice till it gets numb and try to make a slit with sterilised scissors. That again would require help from others. good luck and yes keep us updated.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi mimipi, Ouch is the word and it is still in there, I think I will get someone else to try as it is awkward when on your own hand to get out. I may pop to pharmacy later and see if they have any suggestions too. Thanks for the ice cube idea to numb it. Good one. Ellie :D
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
16 Jun 08
Pharmacy is the better option for you may never know.. Let's keep fingers crossed.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
16 Jun 08
Hi dear quite a pain full posting, first of all u must logg it into accident book, as locking up was still official time. other thing if u had such thing then u should take it out carefully so nothing left back, i think u should go to hospital as i know u already have done the all. and wood dont disolve easily wish u all the best
@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
I know Cupid but I didn't as I was tired at the end of the night and just wanted to get home. Thanks for your concern I am going to the pharmacy later to get a special ointment to help draw out if I haven't gotten out. Ellie :D
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
16 Jun 08
hmm, i can understand that, and one never know the later out come of the event, u must have taken it as normal and routine matter. i know it must be more irritating then pain ful, however wish u best of luck and best of health. keep me update abt it take care
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@schulzie (4064)
• United States
16 Jun 08
I'm sorry to hear about your splinter - ouch! I read somewhere that if you soak it in vinegar for about 10 minutes that should draw it out. But if it gets really bad you really should go to the doctor. They will be able to cut it out and then stitch it up if it needs that. Also, do you have a current tetanous shot? Because if you haven't had one in ten years you will need that too to fight off any infections in your system or potential lock jaw from the splinter. Hope you feel better!
@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
I am thankfully up to date with my tetanus. I have also finally managed with the help of a neighbour to get out and have put savlon and a plaster over the open wound. Dug deep with a needle. Ouch again LOL. Ellie :D
16 Jun 08
If either of us get a splinter one always helps the other here,and I mean that one squeezes and the other eases the splinter out with a needle.Ok not too pleasant a thought ,but it darn well works,give it a try.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
LOL, That is exactly what I done in the end, I asked a neighbour to help, it was embedded very deeply and hurt but it is out now thankfully. Thank you for your input into this discussion, appreciated. Ellie :D
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
16 Jun 08
maybe you need to ask help for the doctor since theres something left inside in it..is it swollen already?
@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Yes it is swollen already and I am going to pop to the pharmacy on my way to work in a bit. Ellie :D
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Ouch. I bet that did hurt. that was a huge splinter that you got into your hand. I have never had one that big in my hand or anywhere else on my body that long. I am not sure how you will get the rest of it out. I think you have tried just about everything that I know of also. I would just take the needle and break the skin around it to try to get it out.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Thanks Steph, I am popping up to the pharmacy later to see if they have an ointment that will help. Thanks for your concern it did hurt, ouch. Ellie :D
@GreenMoo (11842)
16 Jun 08
Oooh ouch! I feel for you. I always find that soaking in the bath is a good way to loosen splinters, but if this bit isn't shifting like that then perhaps you could carefully cut the skin back above it to allow it to be flushed out more easily? A friend of mine swears by that clay type stuff that they use in face masks to draw out gunk. Is if Fuller's Earth? I'm not sure what it's called. I've never used it myself, but if you have some it might be worth a try. I hope it sorts itself out soon. Splinters in the hands can really hurt.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Thanks GreenMoo yes ouch as it is right on the bend of the hand. I am going to pharmacy later to get something to help draw it out. I don't have fullers Earth but good suggestion, thanks. Ellie:D
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
16 Jun 08
Ouch! If it is small enough the body will take care of it and dissolve it or you could wait a while and let it be dissolved a little before trying again with needles and tweezers.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Thanks I am sure it will dissolve or surface at some stage soon. It is right on the bend of the hand though so aware of it each time I bend it so yes ouch LOL. Ellie :D
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Hello ellie, I have no idea about that. Sorry. but I am sure someone can help and assist you here!
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Checapricorn, I have plenty of good and some rather unusal ways of removing thanks. Ellie :D
• United States
15 Jun 08
Ouch I bet that hurts. I have heard that you can take a piece of bread and dip it in milk and put it on your hand on the splinter for a few minutes and then the splinter will come right out. I've never tried it though so I'm not sure if it really works or not.
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@ellie333 (21029)
16 Jun 08
Hi Sweetgirl, It is more of an anooying ache rather than pain, I am aware of it each time I bend my hand. Bread and milk, I have never heard of that one but will give it a try. Thanks for sharing. Ellie :D
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
15 Jun 08
I got this little splinter and I could not get it out. I put the usual lanocaine, stuck it with a needle, and put on tea tree oil, but nothing worked. It started to swell, so I pricked it with a hot needle again and then I pressed the spot. It hurt like hell, but now the liquid is disappearing and so it is now almost normal. It took me about three weeks. It will gradually go away. I have been able to pull out something that is one inch, but one eighth of an inch, you will have to put on some ointment, cover with a bandage, and just wait.
@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Hi I have managed to get the bulk of the splinter out but there is a small end left inside and right on the bend of the hand bewtween the thumb and finger. I have put a plaster on for the time being to see if that helps. Thanks for your suggestion. Ooouch hot needle but if it gets it out I will be pleased. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
15 Jun 08
Oh man.....that must have hurt! I can just imagine! I have heard a way of getting them out by drawing them out but right now I can't remember!! I will get back to you if I do come up with it.....which will probably be right before I drop off to sleep tonight!
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@ellie333 (21029)
15 Jun 08
Oh I do that, I also think of some really good discussion topics when dropping off to sleep and I really should have a pad and pen next to the bed because nine times out of ten I will have forgotten them by morning. LOL. I have had a few suggestions and have put a plaster with sugar and salt on for the time being. Ellie :D