The feel of green grass under your bare feet can be heavenly! Walking barefoot, with your sandals dangling from your hands, may seem like such an idyllic setting but when a splinter gets into your foot, it is hell unleashed. The throbbing and irritation a splinter lodged in your foot causes can be overwhelming.
A splinter or a sliver is a small wound in the body caused by thorns, wood shavings and other debris piercing the skin and penetrating to the lower layers. Splinters in the skin can be extremely painful and need to be dealt with quickly to relieve the discomfort. Do not press on the sliver as this could cause it to penetrate deeper into the skin. If the sliver embedded in your skin is made of glass, this could cause it to shatter into tiny pieces that are harder to remove. It is important that you remove splinters from your skin as quickly as possible as it could lead to other serious diseases. Outlined below are ten simple and quick home remedies for splinters, check them out and enjoy your stroll!
Home Remedies to Remove Splinters
1. Baking Soda:
Baking Soda works well for the tiny, invisible splinters that are deeply embedded in the body. A paste of baking soda applied on the splinter causes the skin to swell and pushes the splinter out. Smear a paste made of baking soda and water directly on the splinter to force it to the surface. You can apply the paste and cover the area with a band aid too. Allow the poultice to set for a few hours, remove the bandage and rinse the paste off the afflicted area. Pull the splinter that has been forced to the surface and dab antiseptic on the area.
2. Adhesive Tape:
Wash the skin around the splinter with soap and water, dry well and place adhesive tape over the splinter. Rub your fingertip over the tape and press it down gently. Wait for about thirty seconds and pull the tape off in one fluid motion. This should drag the splinter out with it.
If the sliver is visible, sterilize the tips of tweezers with alcohol; hold the splinter between the tweezers, and pull gently to slide the sliver out.
This is an effective home remedy for splinter removal if there is a soft, transparent layer of skin over the splinter. A layer of skin grows over the splinter before it is removed from the body. Sterilize the tip of a needle with rubbing alcohol, gently press the needle close to the splinter and scrape it out. This method works only for splinters that are under a thin layer of skin. For slivers in the foot, covered by a thick layer of skin, the needle is not the best method as it can cause pain and discomfort.
Place a slice of raw potato on the splinter such that the fleshy part touches the splinter. Press the potato slice downwards gently and then take off carefully. If the sliver pierces the slice, it can be lifted off easily.
Drop a blob of glue on the splinter, if it is visible. Wait for the glue to dry and peel off. The splinter will stick to the glue and come loose once you tug at the dry glue layer.
7. Hydrogen Peroxide:
Hydrogen peroxide is a good remedy to rid your hands and feet of splinters. Cover the area around the splinter with hydrogen peroxide. The area becomes inflamed and swells making the splinter visible. You can then use a pair of tweezers to lift the sliver off.
Crack an egg and empty the contents into a container. Place the shell on the splinter with the moist inside facing the splinter. The egg shell causes the splinter to ease out of the skin.
9. Epsom Salt:
Place a pinch of Epsom salt on the adhesive side of a band-aid. Wrap your finger in the band-aid. The salt causes the finger to swell, pushing the splinter till it breaks through the surface, making it easier to pull out.
10. White Vinegar:
Soak the affected area in White vinegar for about half an hour, if possible. Like epsom salt, this treatment too causes the splinter to break through the surface, making it easy to tweeze or scrape.
No matter what method you use, it is important that you clean the wound caused by the splinter with antiseptic soap and water. Once cleaned, dab a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the affected area to clear out debris and promote healing.
Now those were some easy to find, inexpensive home remedies for splinters to help you with their removal, weren’t they? Hopefully, the next time you take that walk barefoot, the splinter will stay away. But if a stray sliver does find a way inside you skin, try these remedies out and let us know which one worked best!