A splinter is a thin piece of material (like wood, glass, or metal) that gets embedded just below the top layer of your skin.
To remove a splinter:
See your doctor if there is inflammation or pus, or if the splinter is deeply embedded. Also, seek medical attention if the splinter is close to your eye.
Click here to see a video on how to remove a splinter.
Stone DB, Levine MR. Foreign body removal. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2009: chap 36.
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