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Fiberglass in skin. How do I remove?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Duct tape is truly a versatile invention.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
However, if not used properly it could embed glass deeper.
Dr. Ralph Wolf
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fiberglass removal

Take cold shower for several minutes to close pores then a very warm-not hot shower to flush out fiberglass particles.
Can also try epsom salts in warm water. Finally duct tape--don't push on hard as that will push glass particles in--also when you pull it off fast you may lose hair follicles as well. No one thing works all the time but try these 3.

In brief: Fiberglass removal

Take cold shower for several minutes to close pores then a very warm-not hot shower to flush out fiberglass particles.
Can also try epsom salts in warm water. Finally duct tape--don't push on hard as that will push glass particles in--also when you pull it off fast you may lose hair follicles as well. No one thing works all the time but try these 3.
Dr. Ralph Wolf
Dr. Ralph Wolf
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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Foreign Body in Skin

Unless there is a sign of infection you should just wait.
Skin has a way of pushing out unwanted foreign material.

In brief: Foreign Body in Skin

Unless there is a sign of infection you should just wait.
Skin has a way of pushing out unwanted foreign material.
Dr. Robert Killian
Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dermatitis may result from this approach, and although not "infection," could be very uncomfortable. Showering off as much as possible seems an appropriate response, and then possibly the other suggestions offered by Dr. Fowler.
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