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Facts About Objects Under The Skin
- A foreign body under the skin is any object that comes from the outside and penetrates or sits in the skin
- If possible, try to remove it with tweezers or similar
- Otherwise, seek medical advice to get it removed and assess if there is a need for tetanus shot
- A foreign body such as a wooden block, a glass cut or a metal piece that penetrates the skin is rarely clean and can cause infection
- If a splint / chips stick out of the skin, remove it with tweezers or flat pliers
- If the end of the splint / tile is not visible, seek medical attention as it is easy to push the splint even deeper into the skin if you try for yourself
- Use a tweezers to remove wood pieces or fiberglass, small glass cuts or other foreign matter that protrudes from the skin.
- Thoroughly clean the area with running water, any soap and water. Finish with disinfectant or alcohol
- Large deep-seated foreign body:
- Larger or deep-sea foreign matter should not be removed. It may be that they wound up the wound again and that removing it can trigger a severe bleeding
- Bandages around the object, but do not press against the object if it protrudes. Bandages over the object. If it does not stick out, do not push it against it
- Smaller or superficially located foreign body:
- Thoroughly clean the area with soap and water
- Sterilize a needle by holding it in a flame for a few seconds
- Open the skin over the foreign body with the needle. Use tweezers to remove the foreign body
- If the foreign body does not come out easily, seek medical attention
- Tetanus Injection?
- If the injured person has not received tetanus vaccine or has not received tetanus vaccination during the last 10 years, vaccination is required.