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FortFunFoSho
04-15-2003, 12:06 PM
I have skin like leather. Usually I just soak my skin until it becomes pretty easy to work the splinter out. This one is a bit deeper.

Any suggestions?

VBboy
04-15-2003, 12:09 PM
I don't know, try sucking it out or something. Create enough negative pressure for it to come out. Or cut out all the meat around it and remove it by hand :Q

bolido2000
04-15-2003, 12:09 PM
I thought this was a splinter cell thread :o

nmcglennon
04-15-2003, 12:09 PM
slice and dice...

I would use a small pin-needle and try pushing it out, and use tweezers too... also try squeezing it out.

VBboy
04-15-2003, 12:11 PM
Originally posted by: nmcglennon
slice and dice...

I would use a small pin-needle and try pushing it out, and use tweezers too... also try squeezing it out.

I hope that first your heat the needle up to kill all the bacteria on it...

MercenaryForHire
04-15-2003, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by: VBboy

Originally posted by: nmcglennon
slice and dice...

I would use a small pin-needle and try pushing it out, and use tweezers too... also try squeezing it out.

I hope that first your heat the needle up to kill all the bacteria on it...

Bingo. Boil the tweezers & needle first. That's the method I use for the deep ones. Shallow ones, I just whip out the ol' Leatherman and work the edge of the blade to "slide" it out.

- M4H

foolanger
04-15-2003, 12:16 PM
i usually use a needle.. I'm starting to think that i should boil it first after reading this thread. :)

Narse
04-15-2003, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by: foolanger
i usually use a needle.. I'm starting to think that i should boil it first after reading this thread. :)

I just take a lighter to them until they glow a nice red, and then use the needle to remove the splinter. :)

Electric Amish
04-15-2003, 12:19 PM
Supposedly if you wrap it in a piece of bread that has been soaked in milk it will remove itself...*shrug*

amish

MercenaryForHire
04-15-2003, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by: foolanger
i usually use a needle.. I'm starting to think that i should boil it first after reading this thread. :)

Depends. Do you like pus-filled, swelling bulbous growths on your finger or not?

(Subtitle - Boil it or sterilize it somehow.)

- M4H

aircooled
04-15-2003, 12:21 PM
sterile x-acto knife

VBboy
04-15-2003, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by: Electric Amish
Supposedly if you wrap it in a piece of bread that has been soaked in milk it will remove itself...*shrug*

amish

Yes, it is true: the bread will eventually remove itself ;)
I think that's supposed to losen up the flesh or something.

You can always stick another splinter from the other end and push the first one out... :Q

xirtam
04-15-2003, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by: VBboy

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
Supposedly if you wrap it in a piece of bread that has been soaked in milk it will remove itself...*shrug*

amish

Yes, it is true: the bread will eventually remove itself ;)
I think that's supposed to losen up the flesh or something.

You can always stick another splinter from the other end and push the first one out... :Q

That's more or less what a needle is.

VBboy
04-15-2003, 12:24 PM
Originally posted by: xirtam

Originally posted by: VBboy

Originally posted by: Electric Amish
Supposedly if you wrap it in a piece of bread that has been soaked in milk it will remove itself...*shrug*

amish

Yes, it is true: the bread will eventually remove itself ;)
I think that's supposed to losen up the flesh or something.

You can always stick another splinter from the other end and push the first one out... :Q

That's more or less what a needle is.

No, I meant from the other side:

New splinter --(--> finger --)--> Old splinter

xirtam
04-15-2003, 12:25 PM
Yeah. Didn't the school nurses use that technique except with needles?

tweakmm
04-15-2003, 12:27 PM
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

GasX
04-15-2003, 12:32 PM
step 1: rub some feces into the wound to ensure an infection
step 2: wait 48 hours
step 3: squeeze area around swollen and festering wound
step 4: watch splinter and pressurized pus fly accross the room
step 5: take IV antibiotics

damiano
04-15-2003, 12:32 PM
chop the hand off

VBboy
04-15-2003, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

I think you're confusing him with the Borg ;)
It will be rotting in there and stuff.. Gots to get it out!

xospec1alk
04-15-2003, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

are there any adverse reactions to doing this?

VBboy
04-15-2003, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by: xospec1alk

Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

are there any adverse reactions to doing this?

Oh, not many.. risk of infection -> amputation -> unhappy_life.. ;)

GasX
04-15-2003, 12:36 PM
Originally posted by: xospec1alk

Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

are there any adverse reactions to doing this?Depends what the splinter is made of. A glass splinter might not get infected if you wash the wound well, but it won't break down - hope it works its own way out. A wood splinter is not going to be sterile and will likely get infected unless it comes out.

tweakmm
04-15-2003, 12:40 PM
Originally posted by: Mwilding

Originally posted by: xospec1alk

Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

are there any adverse reactions to doing this?Depends what the splinter is made of. A glass splinter might not get infected if you wash the wound well, but it won't break down - hope it works its own way out. A wood splinter is not going to be sterile and will likely get infected unless it comes out.
Hmm... I've left a couple splinters in my hand and I'm still alive with both hands attached and intact. Maybe your body doesn't break it down but pops the splinter out? I was always told that you could leave splinters in and you would be fine.
If this is wrong then maybe you should disregard my advice(I think I will too actually) :)

Kyteland
04-15-2003, 12:46 PM
Originally posted by: Electric Amish
Supposedly if you wrap it in a piece of bread that has been soaked in milk it will remove itself...*shrug*

amish
This actually works. It is also very effective in drawing puss/nasty crap out on an infection. The only downside is that it feels gross.

Schadenfreude
04-15-2003, 12:51 PM
Originally posted by: tweakmm

Originally posted by: Mwilding

Originally posted by: xospec1alk

Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

are there any adverse reactions to doing this?Depends what the splinter is made of. A glass splinter might not get infected if you wash the wound well, but it won't break down - hope it works its own way out. A wood splinter is not going to be sterile and will likely get infected unless it comes out.
Hmm... I've left a couple splinters in my hand and I'm still alive with both hands attached and intact. Maybe your body doesn't break it down but pops the splinter out? I was always told that you could leave splinters in and you would be fine.
If this is wrong then maybe you should disregard my advice(I think I will too actually) :)

Actually, the body really *does* push the splinter out by itself. Just takes a bloody long time. The body is an incredible thing . . ..

Bignate603
04-15-2003, 12:52 PM
I usually took a flame to a razor blade and started cutting down deep enough to get it out. It's kind of messy but doesn't hurt as much as you would think if you use a very sharp blade.

Harvey
04-15-2003, 12:53 PM
Applying some Neo Sporin and covering the area with a bandaid may soften the skin around the splinter enough to make it easier to remove it. It will also help to stop any infection and inflamation.

Shaka
04-15-2003, 02:50 PM
yeah the splinter will move along with the skin it's embedded in, so when the layer of skin it's embedded in eventually reaches the surface, it will fall out. I think your body would make some sort of callous around the splinter so it doesn't go any farther in.

tweakmm
04-15-2003, 03:16 PM
Originally posted by: Shaka
yeah the splinter will move along with the skin it's embedded in, so when the layer of skin it's embedded in eventually reaches the surface, it will fall out. I think your body would make some sort of callous around the splinter so it doesn't go any farther in.
I knew I wasn't crazy... or at least losing my memory

AvesPKS
04-15-2003, 03:22 PM
Cut it out with a knife. This isn't my favorite option, either, but it does work...

jurzdevil
04-15-2003, 03:29 PM
hahaha boiling the blade or needle.

are you that afraid to let your immune system work???

think of whats on the splinter!

ive had to perform "surgery" on my hand once to twice to get splinters out and im still here.

Sepen
04-15-2003, 03:37 PM
Originally posted by: FortFunFoSho
I have skin like leather. Usually I just soak my skin until it becomes pretty easy to work the splinter out. This one is a bit deeper.

Any suggestions?

I work in construction and have dealt with many splinters. Usually when they are deep as yours I use a black salve, I can't remember the name because it isn't in front of me. It is like a grease that somehow draws the sliver out. I put it on twice a day and cover it with a bandage and in a few days it just slides right out, with a tweezer that is. The Phaarmacist should know.

blakeatwork
04-15-2003, 03:44 PM
cut your hand off??? you wouldn't notice any pain in your hand while trying to remove it then... :P

I'd just ice your hand or whatever body part it is, and remove it when numb..

nmcglennon
04-16-2003, 12:45 AM
Originally posted by: Mwilding

Originally posted by: xospec1alk

Originally posted by: tweakmm
If it isn't hurting too much you could just leave it in there and let your body break it down

are there any adverse reactions to doing this?Depends what the splinter is made of. A glass splinter might not get infected if you wash the wound well, but it won't break down - hope it works its own way out. A wood splinter is not going to be sterile and will likely get infected unless it comes out.

A friend of mine got a glass spinter in his and,never got it out... later on, five years later it came out after he slammed his fist into the table. Funny, and odd... but I was there to see it...