Drawing a Splinter

Updated on July 13, 2014
F.B. asks from Kew Gardens, NY
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Mamas & Papas-

Seems I've got a splinter, a bit of sea shell, perhaps broken glass or some other foreign object in my sole. I went barefoot at the beach, and have this souvenier to show for it. Anyhow, any tips or suggestions on how to draw it out?

F. B.

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answers from Philadelphia on

All drug store carry a drawing salve you could try. http://reviews.cvs.com/3006-en_us/705149/cvs-pharmacy-cvs...

I am a glass artist and several time a week I typically have glass in my foot (I work in flip flops). I rarely bother to take the glass out myself unless it really hurts or appears to be deeply imbedded. So far, the glass has always just worked itself out of my foot.

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answers from Baton Rouge on

Soak in warm epsom salts.

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answers from Colorado Springs on

Last time this happened to me, I used about 1/4 t. baking soda with a drop of peroxide and a drop or water, put it on a gauze pad, taped it to the bottom of my foot, and sat around reading a book for an hour. The splinter was ready to come out easily then.

Hardly seems fair to have a splinter that's hard even to see. But maybe you're more flexible than I am!

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answers from Rochester on

Try soaking your foot in warm water with Epsom Salt. It's always worked for me.

If you can not get it out. Please go see a doctor. Many things on the beach (especially sea creatures things) can cause strange infections. My son in law stepped on a shell one time and got a splinter, and of course he was too busy being a "man" about it to remove it. He ended up with an infection that almost cost him his foot.

Sorry not trying to scare you, just trying to warn you.

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answers from Chattanooga on

I usually make a baking soda paste, then apply it to the splinter and let it dry. It works pretty well.

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answers from Chicago on

Check out your local store for drawing salve, it smells, but works great. It's over the counter and should cost about $5.00 for a tube.



answers from New York on

Magnesium sulphate paste over the item and then a plaster. It should be out in a couple of days.

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