While spending a few days at a campground is always a lot of fun, minor accidents and injuries are not uncommon. One of the most frequent comes in the form of troublesome splinters. They seem to affect younger people in particular, especially since they’re seldom used to the outdoors these days! In the event that you or a loved one end up with a splinter during your trip, here are some basic tips for an easy removal:
First of all, make sure you don’t squeeze the area surrounding the splinter. That’s the first instinct for many, but it can actually cause the wood to fracture into even smaller pieces. Practice extreme caution to avoid further complications.
Clean It First
You should clean the affected area before removal. This is your best chance at avoiding an infection. Wash gently around the splinter with warm soap and water, and dry it with a light cloth as delicately as possible.
Now, you’re finally ready to get that sucker out of there! It’s not as simple as merely pulling it out however; you should actually apply a small paste made of baking soda and water first. Just be sure you don’t push down, and apply only from the opposite direction that the splinter went in!
Perhaps contrary to your first instinct to remove it immediately, the best step is to place a band-aid over the paste and wait at least a day if possible. When the band-aid is taken off, the splinter will come right along with it. Otherwise, sterile tweezers are your best bet. You shouldn’t attempt prying the splinter out unless you have a good look at it through a magnifying glass however.
Once it’s all clear, be sure to apply some antibiotic cream and cover it with yet another band-aid to help keep the wound clean. All should be well after another day or so. With that, you should be a complete expert at splinter removal!
(Thanks to WikiHow.com for helping with some of the finer details.)