By pain - United States - San Francisco
Today, I got a splinter in my shop class. The teacher dug at it with tweezers for a while, then told me that my best bet would be to wait until the wound got infected and formed a bunch of pus around the splinter to force it out. It's in my dominant hand's palm. FML
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I wouldn't be surprised if the nurse was a worse bet. At my school the nurse is just the receptionist and she's not even allowed to touch the students or administer medicine. She had band aids and holds people's prescription meds in case of emergencies. Still though, if it's bad, see a real doctor

By  Singularity01  |  9

Figure out which way it went in, then use a credit card or something similar to provide constant, even pressure and force it out. You could also soak it in water for a while. Just don't wait to get an infection; there's a reason he's a teacher and not a doctor.


Still kind of disconcerting because he's a teacher who is probably mandated to take some sort of first aid training. I had a teacher that was hospitalized for the same reason. she ended up losing her finger.

By  sirrubberduckie  |  35

I got a 1.5-inch splinter completely wedged under my fingernail once, and that's actually one of the choices the ER doctor gave me. He said they could either anesthetize my finger and dig it out with a giant needle (which is what I ended up choosing), or I could wait for it to get infected and see if the pus pushed it out.

He also said that it could stay wedged in there, get infected, and not come out on its own, at which point I'd have to go back to the doctor and have them dig it out while it was infected. So, go to the doctor.