You can sometimes remove a splinter from your skin with baking soda and a bandage. You’ll have to wash and dry your skin, then apply baking soda to the puncture site. Stick the personal tape on the splinter and peel off the tape after a few hours, the splinter will come out. Be sure to use antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, and see your doctor if the splinter becomes infected. A splinter can also pose a risk of tetanus infection. Remember to get a booster shot of the Tdap vaccine (to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). X Trusted Source Immunization Action Coalition Go to source
Wash and check the punctured area
Do not squeeze the splinter. When washing and inspecting the puncture site, it may be tempting to squeeze the surrounding skin to get a better look, but this may cause the splinter to break into smaller pieces or become lodged deeper in the skin. Never squeeze a splinter or the surrounding skin to remove it.
Check for punctured skin. Use a magnifying glass if necessary. Determine the size and angle of penetration of the splinter. This will avoid pressing the splinter deeper into the skin when applying the medicine and covering it with a bandage. Make sure not to press on the splinter at the angle the splinter enters the skin.
Wash and dry the skin. You need to prevent infection when handling the splinter. Before attempting to remove the splinter, wash the skin around the splinter. Wash with soap and water, then pat dry with a paper towel.
Remember to wash your hands before washing the skin around the splinter.
Take out the splinter
Mix baking soda with water. Put a lot of baking soda in a small cup or other container, then add the water little by little and mix until a thick paste is formed. There’s no exact ratio for mixing baking soda and water – you just need to add enough water to form a paste that’s spreadable on the skin.
Apply the powder to the skin. Use your fingers or a paper towel to lightly dab the baking soda mixture onto the splinter. Apply a thin layer of the mixture to the surrounding skin.
Be careful not to push the splinter into the skin when applying the powder. You need to remember the angle of the splinter and be gentle when applying the baking soda mixture at that angle.
Cover the wound with a bandage. Apply a piece of personal masking tape over the dough. Make sure the fabric inside the tape covers the splinter. You can use any type of bandage, as long as the splinter is covered.
Remove the bandage after a few hours. Wait for a period of about 1 hour to 1 day, then peel off the tape. Usually, splinters that penetrate deep into the skin will have to wait longer. When you remove the tape, the splinter will come off easily.
If the splinter doesn’t come off on its own when you remove the tape, try removing the splinter with tweezers (disinfect the tweezers with alcohol before use).
If the splinter doesn’t come off the first time or is too deeply embedded in the skin, try repeating the process and leaving the tape on for longer, up to 24 hours.
Wash the area with soap and water, and apply an antibiotic ointment after the splinter has been removed.
You can also cover the area with an adhesive bandage after the splinter is removed to help the wound heal.
Take safety measures
Apply antibiotic ointment. You should apply antibiotic ointment after removing the splinter. This will help prevent infection. You can buy antibiotic ointment at any pharmacy. Follow the instructions on the package.
For example, use drugstore creams like Neosporin to apply to the wound.
If you are taking medication, consult your pharmacist before choosing an ointment. Make sure the ointment you choose does not interact with any medications you are taking.
Stop bleeding if necessary. Sometimes, the skin will bleed after the splinter is removed. At that time, squeeze tightly around the area of the skin that has just removed the splinter. This will close the wound and stop the bleeding. You may also need to apply duct tape.
Seek medical attention in some cases. If the splinter doesn’t come off and is causing heavy bleeding, you may need medical attention. You may also have to do this if the splinter gets under a fingernail or toenail. If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, you should see your doctor to make sure you don’t need to be vaccinated against illnesses such as tetanus infections.