How do you get rid of or soothe the pain from little cactus needles in your skin if you cannot see them and cannot get them with a pair of tweezers?

Cactus needles in the skin are difficult to remove, especially if they are very fine. In such cases simply using a pair of tweezers will not be effective in cactus needle removal. One of the home remedies for cactus needle removal is to pour some regular glue on the palm of ones hand and then using the finger apply the glue on the finger which has the cactus needle in it. Ensure that the cactus needle is also covered with a thin layer of the glue. The glue should then be allowed to dry up completely which should take around 6-7 minutes, thereafter the layer of glue should be peeled off and along with it the cactus needle should also come out. Wash hands with some antibacterial soap so as to prevent any infections from affecting the puncture site. Another natural remedy for getting rid of the pain associated with cactus needles in the skin is to apply an ice pack around the injury as this will help in numbing the area and thereby provide some temporary relief form the pain till the needle is removed.

answered by G M

Is it possible to remove splinters at home?

There are many ways one may get splinters into their fingers or feet which may result in a lot of pain and even a pus filled infection if the splinter has not been removed and has been left untreated. Some of the common splinters that are found embedded in the skin are that of glass and wood. One of the home remedies for removing splinters from the finger is to soak the affected finger in some warm water. As a result the tissues around the affected area will become soft and thereby allow the removal of the splinter. This remedy is most useful for removing splinters from children. Another natural way of removing splinters from the finger especially if it is not too deeply embedded is to use a pair of tweezers with thin edges and pull the splinter out. For removing big splinters from the finger one may also apply some pressure on the area around the splinter and thereby gently coax the splinter to come out of the finger. Before using a pair of tweezers for removing a splinter, one should ensure that the tweezers are thoroughly sterilized. For removing splinters from the finger on may also put some scotch tape over the splinter and quickly pull off the tape along with the splinter.

answered by K C

How do you remove a splinter?

The term splinter is used to describe a sharp and often small object that has embedded itself within the skin of an individual. Splinters are most commonly made of wood although one may suffer from a similar problem with other sharp objects. A splinter embedded in the skin can cause considerable pain even though it may not pose a serious injury risk to the individual. The best way to remove a splinter is by using a pair of tweezers. Tweezers of an extremely small size must be used so that access to the splinter is easy. The area may be washed to remove any dirt and make the splinter clearly visible. One may hold the skin around the splinter and squeeze it. This should help to raise the affected area and make the splinter more prominent. The tweezers can then be placed on either side of the splinter and used to pull it out. If the splinter does not come out easily, one may wait for some time and try again later. One may also try one of the popular home remedies for splinter removal. The use of wet dough to be rolled over the splinter area is popular. This may attach to the splinter and remove it.

answered by G R

Try these remedies -

  • You can numb the area by applying ice on it; this will help to reduce the pain temporarily.
  • Apply rubber cement on the affected skin, let it dry and then peel it off. This is very effective in removing these invisible cactus needles.
  • You can also use a duct tape. Apply on the skin and rip it off at once. This will also remove these tiny cactus needles.

answered by S P

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