First Aid: Foreign Objects in the Skin

Tiny, sharp objects such as wood splinters and small pieces of glass can easily get into the skin and get stuck there.

  • To administer first aid for foreign objects in the ski, follow these guidelines:
  • Because the skin is broken and germs can get in, wash your hands and clean the area with soap and water.
  • Use tweezers remove the foreign object in your skin.

If the object is completely embedded in your skin:

  • Wash your hands and clean the area with soap and water.
  • Sterilize a sharp, clean needle by wiping it with rubbing alcohol. Or get a brand new one and clean it with rubbing alcohol. If rubbing alcohol isn’t available, clean the needle with soap and water.
  • Use the needle to lift the tip of the object out.
  • Use the tweezers to extract the object. You can use a magnifying glass to help you see the object better.
  • Wash and pat-dry the area, and apply an antibiotic ointment.

Seek medical help if the foreign doesn’t come out or if it is near the eye.

Source: Mayo Clinic