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    I had an interesting experience in the grocery store this afternoon - I was putting an Easter basket in my cart and got a splinter from it, in my right index finger - I yelped, and this woman who was coming down the aisle exclaimed "what's wrong!?" I said that I had gotten a splinter and she said, ''here, let me see it'' and she grabbed my hand and started pinching on either side of the splinter with her thumbnails!! I couldn't believe it! It hurt, too. She was very nice, clean and decently dressed...but all I could think of was that fingernails are germy...I didn't want to be rude, so I just gritted my teeth, and after about a minute and a half she stopped pinching and said, "nope, I can't get it, but it at least it's sticking out pretty good." I thanked her for trying to help, and went on my way.

    Naturally I can't find my tweezers, but I have put a blob of tacky glue on it, in hopes that later when it's good'n'dry, I can pull it out with needle nosed pliers....

    Have you ever???

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    Be thankful she didn't try and get it out with her teeth LOL. That's how I usually remove any I get but I promise not to try it on anyone else

    Pete
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    • #3
      I def would've drawn back if she had attempted to do that! And run!

      Yoiks, you must have dexterous teeth or get really big splinters!!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cosmic grammie View Post
        I def would've drawn back if she had attempted to do that! And run!

        Yoiks, you must have dexterous teeth or get really big splinters!!

        Nah, just take 'em out and do it by hand LOL. I nibble the skin away around the splinter and you can usually get a grip on it. If it is big enough to hurt then you ca usually grab it .

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        • #5
          Gah, I totally fall apart whenever I get a splinter, I even hate the word.....

          What a weird thing to happen though!
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          • #6
            Not backward in coming forward but in this case I think that it wasn't appropriate.She could have bitten off more than she could chew and it wasn't exactly a life or death situation.

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            • #7
              Ummmm...... yeah!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
                Be thankful she didn't try and get it out with her teeth LOL. That's how I usually remove any I get but I promise not to try it on anyone else

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                • #9
                  OK, sorry to admit that my method is the same as Petes!

                  Bite the skin away and lo-and-behold, one accessible splinter!! You can be left with a messy looking finger for a while though...
                  (I've always been so ladylike!!!)
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                  • #10
                    I never use my teeth - eew. I gently scrape back the skin covering the splinter with a sterilised sewing needle until I can grab it with tweezers. Also, don't try to wash it out with water as that will only make the wood swell and become even more jammed in. Use a drop of turps, it puts a coating around the splinter and makes it easier to remove.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AliCat View Post
                      OK, sorry to admit that my method is the same as Petes!

                      Bite the skin away and lo-and-behold, one accessible splinter!! You can be left with a messy looking finger for a while though...
                      (I've always been so ladylike!!!)
                      Glad I'm not alone, I was beginning to think I was quite barbaric LOL. Splinters are a sort of occupational hazard along with friction burns and dust in the eyes so you just sort it quickly and get on with it. I don't have an tweezers anyway, plenty of pliers and pincers though LOL.

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                      • #12
                        Have to admit that on the odd occasion I do get a splinter I either use my teeth or tweezers, but the tweezers never seem to be anywhere you can find them when you really need them lol.

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                        • #13
                          We used to keep cacti in our hall and I frequently got cactus thorns in my hands and in panic I always used to suck them out which of course was a ridiculous thing to do coz they then got stuck in my tongue. D'oh!

                          Fortunately they rinsed out quite easily with water but you'd think I'd remember not to do it again after the first time....


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                          • #14
                            Treatment in our house for splinters/thorns etc is remove if possible (I have been known to employ a sterilised sewing needle), then drench the area in tea tree oil.

                            If the offending object can't be removed easily we usually find that a few drops of tea tree oil and enclosing the area in sticking plaster for a few hours will bring it to the surface (it may take a couple of goes to do it though).

                            This action has that advantage that most of the nasties which may have gone into the wound will be killed by the tea tree oil.

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                            • #15
                              Well, the glue blob finally hardened, I grabbed it with a pair of needle nose pliers, et voila, out came the splinter! It hurt, too. Longer than I realized.

                              This morning the spot is a little bit red but not sore. I put some bacitracin ointment on it and a band-aid, just for grins. I will never holler over a splinter in public again...the woman really was just trying to help...still....I mean, if it had been anyone else but me, they probably would have told her rudely to buzz off...I was just SO caught off guard that I couldn't think.

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