How to remove a splinter

Splints are common injuries, especially in those undertaking outdoor activities or DIY. If a splinter is embedded deeply, difficult to remove or on a joint then leave it in place and seek medical attention.

Removing simple splinters

Otherwise, simple splinters can be removed as follows:

  • Carefully clean the area with warm soapy water to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Using a pair of clean tweezers, grip the splinter as close to the skin as possible. Gently
    pull the splinter out at the same angle that it entered.
  • Gently squeeze around the wound to encourage a little bleeding. Wash the wound
    again, then dry and cover with a dressing.
  • Ensure tetanus immunisation is up-to-date, medical attention may be required if not to ensure a booster shot is given
  • Monitor the area for evidence of infection (warmth, redness and pain). If these signs/symptoms develop then seek urgent medical attention