remove splinters

How do you remove splinters? Sometimes, people go in for home surgery with sharp tweezers or even scalpels. That is risky. We like this home remedy much better.

How to Remove Splinters with White Glue:

Q. White glue or carpenter’s glue for wood or paper is great as a way to remove splinters that are too small to see, though you sure can feel them. These glues adhere especially well to cellulose, the main substance in wood or wood products. Splinters are made of the same stuff.

Apply the glue liberally to the area and let it cure fully, about a half hour or so. Then peel off the glue and voilà! No more splinter.

A. We like your explanation for a remedy we heard about several years ago:

“I had a splinter in my heel area and used white Elmer’s glue and a bandage for a few hours and the splinter came out when I pulled it off. I thought this wouldn’t work, but I was pleasantly surprised.”

This is a good tip to remove splinters. Another option is to put a salicylic acid wart plaster over the splinter. After a day or two the splinter should work its way out or be easily removable (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, April, 1989).

Skip the Instant Glue:

People should not use instant glue. It doesn’t work the same way at all.

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