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Foreign object in the skin: First aid/Conditions/Prevention


 Foreign object in the skin

It's usually safe to remove a small foreign object, such as a wood splinter or glass, that is just below the surface of the skin.

Foreign object in the skin


  • Before you start, wash your hands and clean the area well with soap and water.
  • Remove the object with tweezers that have been cleaned with rubbing alcohol.You can see it better if you use a magnifying glass.
  • To clean the needle, wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Then use the needle to gently break the skin over the object. Next, lift up the tip of the object.
  • To remove an object, grab the end with a pair of tweezers.
  • Reapply a disinfectant and ointment to the area. Wash the area again and dry it off.

Seek prompt medical helpIf you think you have a foreign object stuck in your skin or muscle, take these precautions first:

  • Do not try to remove the object. Doing so could cause more damage.
  • Cover the wound. First, put a piece of gauze over the object. If it helps, put some clean padding around the object. Then tie the wound securely with a bandage or piece of clean cloth.Don't press too hard on the object.

If any of the following apply, you should seek medical help:

  • The object is hard to see or it doesn't come out easily.
  • The injury involves your eye or is near your eye.
  • The wound is deep or dirty, and the person has not had a tetanus booster in over five years. The doctor may recommend one for them.
Foreign object in the skin: First aid/Conditions/Prevention

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