Walking on bare feet can be nightmare when shards of glass, metal, wood or thorn are present on the floor. Although painful, nevertheless, when a splinter gets accidentally embedded in the skin, it can be easily removed with simple household items. They help in drawing the splinter to the surface of the skin so that it easily falls off from the skin or can be pulled out with ease with the help of a pair of sterilized tweezers. As long as the splinter is not embedded in the flesh or causes intense pain, home remedies for removing splinters are found to be effective. After removing the splinter, wash the area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic ointment to avert infection.
Here Are Some Of The Simplest Ways To Remove Splinters From The Skin.
1. Baking Soda
Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda with some water to make a thick paste. Spread the baking soda paste on a bandage and cover the affected area with it. Leave the baking soda paste on the skin for 24 hours. Baking soda helps in softening the skin that helps in pushing the splinter out of the skin.
Apply household glue to the affected area and place a piece of gauze over it. Let the glue dry out. Now pull the gauze. This will help in removing the splinter from the skin.
3. Vegetable Oil
Apply generous amount of vegetable oil to affected area. Let the area where the splinter is embedded soak in the oil for a few minutes. The oil helps in softening the skin, which helps in pushing the splinter to the surface of the skin. Now you can easily pull off the splinter from the skin.
4. Epsom Salt
If the splinter is embedded in the foot, add two to three tablespoons of Epsom salt to a tub filled with warm water and soak your affected foot in the tub. To remove a splinter from the finger, dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom salt in a cup of warm water and soak your affected finger it. It usually takes about 10 minutes for the splinter to work its way out.
Soak a piece of bread in some milk and place it on the affected area. Fasten it with gauze. Let the bread sit on the skin overnight. Next morning, you can easily remove the splinter from the skin.