It s cold and you’re hauling firewood . but you forgot to wear gloves. Suddenly , you feel a sharp pain in your hand -yep, you’ve got a sliver,Essentially, a sliver (or splinter) is a puncture wound with debris in it-in this example, a sliver of wood. You can, of course,
also get slivers of glass,metal,or plastic, but wood sliver are by far the most common. While a cut is a vertical slice and a scrape is the horizontal removal of the outer skin ,a puncture wound is a stab deep into the tissue , it’s the foreign object the silver-that cause the puncture and stay in the tissue. Most sliver aren’t serious and can be treated at hoe . Here’s how:
“If the sliver is sticking above the skin, it’s pretty easy to remove it with tweezers, Sterilize the tweezers with alcohol,grasp the sliver as close to the skin as possible and gently pull it out,” say Louise Silva, M.D.,a general practitioner who sees plenty of sliver in her private practice in Salem Oregon.
When sliver don’t stick out of the skin, Sterilize a needle with alcohol and use it to push the sliver out from the bottom ,says Paul C ontorer, M.D., Chief of dermatology for Kaiser Permanente and clinical professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Sciences University in porland .”It’s important to push the sliver out from the bottom,” he sey’s , ” or it’s likely to break up and leave parts of the sliver in the skin.”
Too often,sliver are deep and people poke and prod with tweezers and end up bruising the tissue all around the sliver site, according to Robert Matheson, M.D., a dermatologist in private practice in Portland , Oregon,” Use a new clean razon blade ,” he Advises,” and make an incision parallel to the sliver, right above it.
One you’re got the sliver out, clean the wound thoroughly with soap amd water . “Clean it really well,” Advises Silver.” There’s a much higher rate of infection with puncture wounds that are deep and dirty ,” After cleaning with soap and water, Contorer like to use hydrogen peroxide to make sure all be debris has been cleaned out. “The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen .kills bacteria , and speeds healing ,” he says.
Squeeze on the antibacterial ointment.
If the wound hasn’t immediately closed up or if you’ve used the slice technique to remove the sliver ,apply an antibacterial ointment like Polysporin or Neosporin ans cover with a bandage .Contorer says he prefers Polysporin because fewer people have allergic reactions do it.Please Help Us spread the word... THANKS!