Splinters cause pain for all ages, but the American Academy of Dermatology offers these tips to make removal a little easier.

Wash the area with soap and water and gently pat skin dry.

If the splinter is very small, use a magnifying glass to see how big it is and which direction it entered the skin.

If part of the splinter is sticking out, sterilize tweezers using rubbing alcohol, then pull out the splinter in the same direction that it entered the skin. Never squeeze out a splinter, as this may cause it to break into smaller pieces.

If the entire splinter is embedded under the skin, you can use a small needle to remove it. First, sterilize the needle and tweezers using rubbing alcohol, then look through a magnifying glass and use the needle to gently pierce the surface of the skin at one end of the splinter. Use the needle to push out part of the splinter. Once one end is out, use the tweezers to pull out the splinter.

After the splinter has been removed, clean the area with soap and water and apply petroleum jelly. Keep the area covered with a bandage until it heals.

Consult a doctor if the splinter is large, deep, located in or near the eye or if the area is infected. For a video demonstration, visit

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