Splinter injuries are very common and can sometimes be removed at home. But larger and deeper splinters are often painful and difficult to remove.  Other than wood, glass and metallic pieces are among the most common foreign bodies.   On occasion, the person needs to see a doctor for splinters that have broken down during a removal attempt.

If not removed completely, splinters may cause complications such as inflammation, infection, and toxic reactions.  Animal spines or plant thorns are most likely to cause infection or toxic reactions.

Signs of Foreign Bodies

Usually there is an apparent injury event.  The person feels pain, and has a sense that something is embedded in the skin.  Typically there is only a small amount of blood or no bleeding at all.  Infection is usually accompanied by discharge, increased pain, redness, swelling, or red streaking. This can occur even if a simple splinter has been removed – all foreign bodies contain large amounts of germs.  Even with complete removal and cleansing, infection may still develop.

If you are experiencing any of the signs above, visit Coastal Urgent Care Baton Rouge.