Do you have a pesky splinter that just won’t come out no matter how hard you poke at it? Here is a list of a few home remedies you can try in removing a splinter and how you can treat it afterwards!

Using a pair of tweezers is typically the most successful attempt in removing a splinter. If the splinter is partially sticking out of your skin, grab it with the tweezers and pull it along the direction that it entered. If the splinter is full lodged into your skin and you are unable to grab it with tweezers, take a needle and clean it in alcohol. A sterile needle will help move the splinter around enough to make it stick out, therefore making it easier for you to grab it with tweezers.

If tweezers do not work and the splinter is fully lodged into your skin, pour some baking soda into warm water and let the infected area soak. If you do this twice a day, the splinter will naturally work its way out.

After the splinter has been removed, clean the area again with soap and water and apply a dressing to the wound.

If none of these home remedies work and the splinter seems too deep for you to remove on your own, please call your doctor. Your doctor should be able to remove it along with any artificial fragments that may have gotten into your skin as well.