You probably don't get as many splinters as you did when you were a kid. But they can still zap you when you least expect it.
It might be tempting to ignore a splinter, especially if it doesn't hurt. But a splinter can become infected, so you should try to get it out as soon as you notice it. Removing a splinter right away means the skin won't have time to heal over so the splinter will pull out more easily.
Here's how to remove a splinter:
Usually, splinters can be handled at home. But in some cases, you might have to visit the doctor. See a doctor if:
Not all splinters can be prevented, but you can help protect yourself with these steps:
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: October 2013
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