- Do not apply pressure. Don't even squeeze it to try and get it out. If it's sharp, you could be embedding it further into your skin by squeezing; if it's brittle, you might break it into smaller pieces.
- Wash and dry the spot with soap and water. Be gentle. Pat dry (a paper towel is good for absorbing moisture without having to apply much pressure). You don't want the skin (or the splinter, if it's wood) to get soggy.
- Inspect it with a magnifying glass. The size of the splinter and how it's angled in your skin will help you know what's the best way to take it out. See How to Remove a Splinter for a description of other methods you may want to try first. The baking soda method described here is best for tiny, invisible splinters. The baking soda paste will cause the skin to swell and push the splinter out. It's best used after other methods, since it will make the other methods (tape, tweezer ,needle) more difficult because your skin will be swollen.
- Make a paste using water and about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Put this paste on a bandage and apply the bandage to the affected area.
- After 24 hours, remove the bandage. The splinter may be sticking out of the skin. If it's visible, pick it off with tweezers. Rinse the skin gently (if the splinter is sticking out but not visible, this may wash it away). Repeat the method with new paste and another bandage every 24 hours until the splinter is gone.
This is a good link with great advise on multiple ways to remove splinters: http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-a-Splinter
This link Includes a more detailed step by step process using the needle as I explained above.
-Contact your doctor if you still have the splinter(s) after using self-care measures especially if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: Red lines or streaks that spread from the woun
redness, or warmth at the wound site, Pus, and/or fevor. Also, make sure that your tetanus immunizations are up-to-date. Written by Jasper M.F. Salach