Splinters and Foreign Body Removal
Splinter injuries are common, but larger and deeper splinters are often difficult and painful to remove at home. Wood, glass, and metallic splinters are among the most common retained foreign bodies. Most superficial splinters may be removed by the patients themselves. On occasion, the person may need to see a doctor for the deeper and larger splinters, or splinters that have broken down during an attempt at removal. If not removed completely, splinters may cause complications such as inflammation, infection, and toxic reactions. The chances of a splinter becoming infected depends on what the splinter is: organic material – like animal spines or plant thorns – are more likely to cause infection or toxic reactions.