Have you ever been sweeping the kitchen, raking the leaves or chopping the wood and with a sudden movement you feel the uncomfortable jab of an unwanted splinter?
Splinter wounds can be incredibly tender and susceptible to infection so knowing how to provide the right splinter removal First Aid will ensure the incident does not progress into something more sinister.
Splinters are small objects that have broken off materials such as wood, glass, metal and plastic and have become inserted under the skin.
The insertion of a splinter is often uncomfortable, so you are likely to notice immediately when you have one. However, sometimes the splinter and insertion can be so smooth you may not notice initially. Once it’s been brought to your attention it’s important to remove the splinter immediately to prevent infection and ensure removal is as easy as possible.
4. If the splinter is not protruding from the skin, expose the splinter by using a disposable splinter probe and then remove it as per instructions in step 3
5. Clean the area with an antiseptic swab and apply a transparent or adhesive dressing
6. Seek medical advice if:
There are many activities people participate in that have an increased chance of splinters occurring. It’s important to be diligent when exposed to any of these situations and environments:
Splinters can be caused by a range of materials, activities and environments, so knowing how to apply the correct splinter removal First Aid will reduce pain and risk of infection.
Children are often susceptible to splinters when they climb trees, explore uncharted areas and touch random objects. Most children find splinters to be incredibly painful so it’s important you’re able to reassure them and remove the splinter with ease, as soon as possible.
When adults suffer from splinters it can be just as uncomfortable, depending on the material and area of insertion. The correct splinter removal First Aid techniques will minimise pain and avoid the onset of infection.
By knowing splinter removal First Aid you can ensure the inconvenient injury doesn’t progress into something more painful and menacing in the long term.