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  •  first step: soak fingernail in ice water. (21+ / 0-)

    It'll hurt. Leave it in there. It'll go numb.

    NOW, under a good bright light, take a pair of needle-nose pliers and wiggle the splinter a little bit. Pour hydrogen peroxide along the splinter into the wound. This should help loosen it and will in any case help disinfect it.

    You should be able, after it stops foaming, to draw the splinter out. It shouldn't hurt too much until the fingertip warms up. D'you have some generic Aleve around the house? It helps.

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    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 07:41:32 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, giving it a shot (7+ / 0-)

      On my right hand, so I'm going to need to have a friend try and remove it. Ice water in progress!

    •  Pliers? Are you kidding? It needs to be a (2+ / 0-)
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      Tweezer.  Agree about the ice, which I forgot in my previous advice.

      "Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."Thomas Jefferson

      by Sydserious on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 07:44:57 PM PDT

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      •  no, the pliers are to loosen, not remove (3+ / 0-)
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        and create a channel for the peroxide.

        Ahem. This has actually worked twice for me, not counting the time we had to do this with an infected surgical staple after my hysterectomy.

        Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 09:04:42 PM PDT

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        •  Oh ok...whatever works. You must have really big (0+ / 0-)

          fingernails.  Needle nose pliers are way too big for my fingernails and I was having a hard time imagining that.

          I always get stuff out with my pointy tweezers.  

          "Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."Thomas Jefferson

          by Sydserious on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 09:15:21 PM PDT

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    •  I'll "amen" the peroxide (4+ / 0-)
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      Years ago (when I was either Superman or really stupid) I got a nasty infection on my thigh that festered into this really disgusting leg crater.  Diligent and liberal application of peroxide (including swabbing inside the wound with peroxide-dipped Q-tips) kept the leg from paying the consequences of a really stupid decision to not get medical attention.

      Like I said, I was either "Superman" or "really stupid".  However, peroxide is some amazing shit.

      This damn wound took several months to skin over, and a year later the skin would rupture and bleed if I flexed my thigh muscles too hard.

      More than a decade after the event, when the Internet came along, I happened across some photos that looked exactly like the wound.  They were photos of Brown Recluse bites.

      •  DaveinBremerton: I got bit by one (0+ / 0-)

        back when I was way younger. Because we used peroxide
        and I saw the doc the same day, I didn't have a big cratered wound like that -- just a dime-size spot that, finally, filled in with scar tissue.

        The symptoms you describe also suggest to me that you might've had a MRSA complication. (They don't call that crap flesh-eating bacteria for naught!)

        Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Thu Jul 08, 2010 at 09:19:40 AM PDT

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        •  Luckily I had a 20 year old immune system (0+ / 0-)

          In the end, the flesh eating bacteria lost.  All it cost me was a chunk of flesh about as wide as a dime and about 1/4" thick.  The scar makes a great drunken conversation piece.

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