Why do I need to remove splinters?

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I often get splinters in my fingers and hands from working with rough wood planks. Other than the obvious reasons for removing wood splinters when they hurt, why is it necessary to remove splinters?

It is best to wear work gloves when working with rough wood to prevent the splinters to begin with. That not only protects your hands from splinters but from other possibly more serious injuries as well. Wearing good heavy duty work gloves is a preventative safety measure the same as wearing work boots and work goggle or glasses. Why not prevent the injuries, no matter how small, from happening to begin with? Splinters are foreign objects that your body will want to fight and reject, especially if they are in a more irritating or tender area of your hand. If they are unable to reject them they may react in a more painful way. Some woods are treated with chemicals too when they are processed. Those may be a further cause of infection or reactions to the presence of the foreign object. Some splinters are small enough that they will just work themselves out eventually with no adverse reactions. That may take time depending on how deeply imbedded the splinter is. No matter the size of the splinter though it is often better to remove it before it gets infected or imbeds itself deeper causing more problems. The area the splinter is in can make a difference too in how painful the reaction to the splinter is. Some parts of your hands are tougher than others. To remove the splinter be sure to wash your hands thoroughly then use a sterile needle and/or tweezers to remove it. Then clean the wound after the splinter is removed. Mama Nono

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Question asked on November 18, 2008at 4:18 am:: Comments (0)
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