How do you remove a splinter under a fingernail?


Quick Answer

To remove a splinter under a fingernail, gain access to the splinter with a needle, and then remove it with a pair of tweezers. You need a small needle, tweezers and a first aid kit.

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  1. Wash the affected area

    Clean the affected finger with soap and water.

  2. Sterilize the equipment

    Apply an alcohol wipe to the needle and tweezers.

  3. Open the skin

    Open the skin with the needle to gain access to the splinter.

  4. Remove the splinter

    Use the tweezers to grab hold of the splinter, and then pull it out of the wound.

  5. Cover the wound

    Wash the wound again, and then apply an antibiotic ointment. Wrap an adhesive bandage around the wound.

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