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How Do You Remove A Splinter From A Toddler
Foreign body: It really depends how deep the splinter is. Most superficial ones can be kept alone as they get extruded when the skin peels off. If a good part of the splinter shows, you may try pulling it out with a tweezer. If unsuccessful, especially if if deep, you should bring your child to a doctor, urgent care or the ed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Foreign body in skin: If a foreign body like a piece of cloth is visible from the surface, it can be gently pulled out with sterile tweezers. However, if it is difficult to remove or if other debris or swelling, redness, pain or pus is present, the wound needs to be surgically cleaned. Depending on what injured your skin, you may need a tetanus shot. Please see your doctor. ...Read more
Soak it first: First, soak the area in warm water for about 15 minutes to loosen it up. Then, sterilize a needle either with a flame (let it cool off) or with alcohol. Then, try and coax the splinter out with the needle. After if comes out, clean the area with soap and water and bandage to prevent infection. If this fails, you may need to seek some medical assistance. Good luck. ...Read more
Modern tx: Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. Ssoaks are an old fashioned treatment not used by wound doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fingernail biting: This is very difficult to accomplish until the child is old enough to care about their personal appearance as it is usually an unconscious behavior. The good news it rarely has any health consequences other than the very occasional infection of the cuticle area (paronychia) which is easily treated. ...Read more
Cuts away dead skin: A doctor removes a corn by first cleaning the skin well. He may numb up the area with a lidocaine-type anesthetic if it looks like there may be pain involved. Then, he shaves away the dead skin forming the corn and callus, using a sharp scalpel blade. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I get rid of a tonsel stone if it is hard to access using a toothpick? Can it hurt me in the long run if I don't get rid of it?
Don't use toothpick : Might cause significant bleeding which could be serious so please avoid. Usually they don't cause serious problems. I would usually recommend an ENT opinion about them and where removing the tonsils as a way of getting rid of the tonsolith is required or appropriate - they are often associated with recurrent tonsillitis. I suggest doctor or ENT consult to take things further. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There is a small piece of glass in my foot. Should i try to remove it myself or should I see a professional?
Foreign object: Depends, if you can see it or feel it near the surface it may be reasonable to attempt yourself. If unable to, recommend you see a professional as it is very difficult to find sometimes even with the advantages of radiographs, ultrasound and other guiding techniques. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See a podiatrist: See a podiatrist. Unless it is very superficial and you can easily grab it with a tweezer, otherwise let a podiatrist do it. ...Read more
What will happen if I accidently swallowed a piece of a plastic wrapper from a popsicle? How do I know that it is in my body system? Please help.
Watch for symptoms: When you swallow something that is small usually the body gets rid of it in your stools. However, if the object is significantly large it might cause intestinal obstruction which requires immediate evaluation. You might present with abdominal pain and difficulty passing stools. If you are presenting symptoms please consider going to the ED. ...Read more
Immobilization: If the swimmer has a head injury, assume he has a neck injury as well. The neck must be immobilized and the head kept in a neutral position (looking straight up when on the back). If you have a float floatation device (surfboard, boogie board) and a 2nd rescuer, place the board directly underneath the swimmer's head and upper back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Soak in : Water first preferably hot, this will soften the skin and expand the splinter, use a tweezer like tool to try and pull out. ...Read more
Removing fiberglass : From skin is tricky. I've had fiberglass in my skin, so i know it's miserable. 1 method: add 1 cup epsom salt into boiling water. Add this mix to warm bath & soak affected area x 30 min or longer. Rinse w cool water. Method #2: gently apply duct tape to affected area & then quickly rip off. Don't push don't too firmly because the glass fibers may embed deeper in your skin. Note: may remove hair. ...Read more
Can you tell me how could i get rid of a blister and a callus on one hand without a doctor visit?
Depends on the cause: Many things can cause calluses. Some reasons that one may develop a callus include: viral infections (warts), friction, pressure, repetitive trauma, and a limitation of joint motion. Some genetic conditions may also cause people to develop calluses on the hands and the feet. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
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