Best Practices for Removing Splinters and Ticks 

 October 13, 2015

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If you’re heading outdoors this fall, ticks and splinters can be common occurrences. Ticks, as disgusting as they are to talk about, are a real problem during hiking season and need to be removed carefully and effectively. Splinters are a common occurrence year round, yet many people don’t know how to properly remove them. We’ve researched the best methods for removing both and included them below.

Best Ways to Remove a Splinter

Everyone has had a nasty splinter once or twice in their lives, and no matter what our mothers have told us, we still tend to impatiently dig in with a needle or a pair of tweezers in an attempt to remove the splinter. Most of the time, this method causes more pain, bleeding, and possible scarring.

  • One method for removing splinters is to soak the area in white vinegar. Submerge it in a cup of white vinegar for at least 30 minutes, and once the time has passed, the splinter should have risen to the top of your skin. Use tweezers to carefully remove the splinter and wash the area thoroughly afterwards.
  • Another option is to use baking soda and a bandage. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with some water to create a paste which you should apply to the site of the splinter. Cover the spot with an adhesive bandage and wait 24 hours. The splinter should rise to the top of the skin and be easily removed using tweezers.
  • 1st Aid Supplies also sells Splinter Out, one-time use, disposable splinter removal tools that are compact and sterile.

Best Ways to Remove a Tick

Ticks are commonly found on dogs and cats, but once in a while, they attach themselves to humans too. Make sure to check yourself for ticks after hiking outside or if playing with your pet—they can easily jump from your dog to you. If you do find a tick on you, make sure to follow these simple steps.

  1. Using a pair of fine-tipped tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the bite area as possible.
  2. Remove the tick by pulling upward slowly and steadily until it detaches.
  3. Clean the bite area, your hands, and your tweezers to prevent infection or contamination.
  4. Flush the tick down the toilet or submerse it in alcohol to kill it.

Always be aware of the effects and signs of tick borne illness. If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing the tick, seek medical attention.

For all of your first aid needs, visit the website of 1st Aid Supplies. We sell an array of first aid kits and cabinets, protective equipment, and emergency preparedness gear.

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