Splinters are fragments of wood, metal or glass that gets dislodged in your skin when you handle certain objects. As your skin grows, splinter can be removed naturally. But most of the time, it is painful and disturbing. There are instances that when left untreated, a splinter can result to infection characterized by redness and swelling on the affected area.
To prevent infection and more serious problem, try these natural and painless ways of removing splinter.
Soak a clean cotton pad with hydrogen peroxide (such as this 3% topical solution from Mountain Falls) and apply it on the area where the splinter is. Wait for a few minutes and the splinter will effortlessly come out.
Cover the splinter with a duct tape with the sticky side towards the splinter. Leave for 30 minutes to allow the splinter to stick to the tape. Slowly peel off the duct tape and the splinter will be removed together with the tape.
Onion or Tomato
Slice a fresh onion or tomato and apply it on the splinter. The onion or tomato will draw the splinter to the surface making it easier to remove with your bare hands or with the use of tweezers.
Make a baking soda paste by combining baking soda and water. Mix the two together until while gradually adding baking soda until the mixture becomes gooey. You can mix flour, water and a pinch of salt as an alternative for the baking soda paste. Ones the mixture is ready, apply it on to the splinter then cover it with bandage or band aid. Leave it overnight. The paste will make the splinter adhere to the band aid, so when removed it will come off easily.
Apply a generous amount of honey on the splinter. The honey will slowly draw the splinter out. This can also be applied ones the splinter is removed because honey has superior antiseptic and therapeutic properties.
Bread and Milk
Put a few drops of milk in a small piece of bread then place it over your splinter. Secure the bread with a band aid and leave it overnight. The splinter will stick to the bread and in the morning it can be drawn out.
The moment the splinter is removed, make sure that you clean the surface and apply hydrogen peroxide to avoid infection. Always keep the area clean until part is completely healed.
You need not suffer the pain of a splinter with all these natural ways in removing it. Move from one method to another until you successfully remove that stubborn splinter.
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