Foreign object in the skin

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First aid: Foreign object in the skin

If a foreign object is projecting from your skin:

  • Wash your hands and clean the area well with soap and water.
  • Use tweezers to remove splinters of wood or fiberglass, small pieces of glass or other foreign objects.

If the object is completely embedded in your skin:

  • Wash your hands and clean the area well with soap and water.
  • Sterilize a clean, sharp needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. If rubbing alcohol isn't available, clean the needle with soap and water.
  • Use the needle to break the skin over the object and gently lift the tip of the object out.
  • Use tweezers to remove the object. A magnifying glass may help you see the object better.
  • Wash and pat dry the area. Follow by applying antibiotic ointment.
  • Seek medical help if the particle doesn't come out easily or is close to your eye.
Last Updated: 2009-12-11
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