Skin Feels Like Shards Of Glass ? You Might Have A Deep Do You Feel Like You&#39Re Walking On Glass

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A foreign object (such as a wood splinter, cactus spine, fishhook, sliver of glass) is stuck in the skin

Some Basics…

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Most small objects stuck in the surface skin can be removed at home.Larger, deeper, or hidden objects in the skin should be removed by a doctor right away.

Symptoms of a Skin Foreign Object

Pain: most tiny slivers are in the surface skin. They do not cause much pain. These include cactus spines, stinging nettles, and fiberglass fragments. Foreign bodies that stick out or are deep in the skin are most often painful.Foreign object feeling: often people have the feeling of something being in the skin, even when it cannot be seen. If a person feels like there is something there, he or she is almost always right!

Types of Skin Foreign Bodies

Fiberglass fragmentsFishhooks (may have a barbed point that makes them hard to get out)GlassMetallic objects (bullets, BBs, nails, sewing needles, pins, tacks)Pencil lead-graphitePlasticOrganic objects (splinters, cactus spines, thorns, toothpicks)

Removal

Most tiny foreign bodies in the skin surface can be removed at home. These include splinters, cactus spines, fiberglass, and pieces of glass.If something needs to be removed by a doctor, see one right away. Waiting may cause the object to become hidden or pushed in more deeply. The doctor can numb the skin before the object is removed.Organic slivers (wood or thorns) most often become infected if they are not removed. Nonorganic slivers (metal or glass) often do not become infected.

Pencil Punctures

There is no danger of lead poisoning. Pencil leads are made of graphite and clay, not lead.Sometimes the graphite dust can leave a tiny black stain in the puncture wound.

When to Call for Skin Foreign Object

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

Object is a BBDirt is left in skin after object removed and scrubbingYou do not want to or can”t get the object outYou feel weak or very sickYou think you need to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours

You have diabetes and a splinter is in foot or toeDeep puncture wound and last tetanus shot was more than 5 years agoYou think you need to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Contact Doctor During Office Hours

You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

Tiny, pain-free slivers near the surface that don”t need to be removedTiny plant or cactus spines or fiberglass slivers that need to be removedMinor slivers that need to be removed

Care Advice

Removing Slivers – Splinters – Thorns

What You Should Know:You can remove most small foreign bodies from the surface skin at home.Here is some care advice that should help.
Tiny, Pain-Free Slivers: If you have many of these, they can be left in. Eventually they will work their way out with normal shedding of the skin. Your body may also reject them by forming a tiny little pimple.
Needle and Tweezers: You can remove slivers, splinters, or thorns with a needle and tweezers.Check the tweezers to be certain the ends meet exactly. If they do not, bend them so that they meet.Clean the tools with rubbing alcohol or a flame before use.Clean the skin around the sliver with rubbing alcohol before trying to remove it. Be careful not to push the splinter in deeper. If you don”t have rubbing alcohol, use soap and water. Do not soak the area if the object is wood. This can cause swelling of the splinter.Step-by-Step Instructions:Step 1: Use the needle to fully expose the end of the sliver. Use good lighting. A magnifying glass may help.Step 2: Grasp the end firmly with the tweezers. Pull it out at the same angle that it went in. Getting a good grip the first time is important. This is especially true with slivers that go in perpendicular to the skin or slivers that are trapped under the fingernail.More Instructions:It may be hard to expose a sliver if it is under your fingernail. Cut a piece of the nail away to expose the sliver. This should be done with fine scissors. Clean the scissors with rubbing alcohol before and after use.If you can see the whole sliver, remove it by pulling on the end. If the end breaks off, open the skin with a sterile needle along the length of the sliver. Then flick it out.
Antibiotic Ointment: Put an antibiotic ointment on the area. Do this one time after the object is removed. This will reduce the risk of infection.
Tetanus Shot: If your last tetanus shot was more 10 years ago, you need a booster.You should try to get this shot within the next couple days.Call Your Doctor If: Can”t get all of foreign object outRemoved object but pain becomes worseStarts to look infected (redness, red streak, or tender to touch)You think you need to be seenYou get worse

Removing Tiny Plant Stickers (Cactus Spines – Stinging Nettles) or Fiberglass Fragments

Tiny Plant Stickers: Plant stickers (stinging nettle), cactus spines, or fiberglass fragments are hard to remove. They most often break when you put pressure on them with tweezers.

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Tape: First try to remove the small spines or fragments with tape. Do this by touching the area lightly with very sticky tape.
Wax Hair Remover (if tape does not work): Warm up the wax in your microwave for 10 seconds. Spread a layer over the fragments. Cover it with the cloth strip that came in the hair remover package. Let it air dry for 5 minutes. You can speed up the drying with a hair dryer. Then peel it off with the fragments. Most fragments will be removed. The others will most often work themselves out with normal shedding of the skin.You can use all-purpose white glue, but it does not work as well as wax.Tetanus Shot: If your last tetanus shot was more than 10 years ago, you need a booster. You should try to get this shot within the next couple days.If you are not fully protected against tetanus (received less than 3 shots), you may need a booster and TIG. Call or see your doctor as soon as possible within next 24 hours.Call Your Doctor If:Can”t get all of foreign object out and it is painfulStarts to look infected (redness, red streak, or tender to touch)You think you need to be seenYou get worse

Tiny Surface Pain-Free Slivers

Tetanus Shot: If your last tetanus shot was more than 10 years ago, you need a booster.You should try to get this shot within the next couple days.Call Your Doctor If:Starts to look infected (redness, red streak, or tender to touch)You think you need to be seenYou get worse

And remember, contact your doctor if you develop any of the “Call Your Doctor” symptoms.

Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.

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First Aid – Removing a Fishhook

This method of fishhook removal is sometimes called the Advance and Cut Method.

There are four steps in removing a fishhook:

Step 1. Using pliers (or needle drivers) firmly grasp the hook.Step 2. Push (advance) the hook until the tip of the hook pops out through the skin.Step 3. Cut off the tip of the hook and the barb.Step 4. Back out the hook out.

Important Note:

Use these instructions when you can”t get into see a doctor right away. Most of the time, it is best to have a doctor (or other health care provider) remove a fishhook.The hook in this drawing has only a single barb at the tip, so the tip of the hook (with the barb) can be cut off and the hook pulled backwards through the skin.Some hooks can have more than one barb. In such cases, it is better to cut off the ring at the bottom of the hook and push the hook all of the way through the skin.

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First Aid – Removing a Splinter

You can remove splinters, larger slivers, and thorns with a needle and tweezers.

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Check the tweezers before you start, to be certain the ends meet exactly. If they do not, bend them until they do. Sterilize the tools with rubbing alcohol or a flame.

Clean the skin around the sliver carefully with rubbing alcohol before trying to remove it. Be careful not to push the splinter in deeper. If you don”t have rubbing alcohol, use soap and water, but don”t soak the area if splinter is wood. Reason: soaking can cause swelling of the splinter.

Remove the splinter:

Step 1: Use the needle to completely expose the large end of the sliver. Use good lighting. A magnifying glass may help.Step 2: Then grasp the end of the sliver firmly with the tweezers and pull it out at the same angle that it went in. Getting a good grip the first time is very important for slivers that go in perpendicular to the skin or those trapped under the fingernail.

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