(HealthDay News) -- When a thin piece of wood, glass or metal gets embedded within the top layers of your skin, you know how annoying and painful a splinter can be.
The U.S. Library of Medicine suggests how to remove a splinter safely:
Sterilize a pin or needle by soaking it in rubbing alcohol or by placing the tip in a flame.
Wash your hands with soap.
Use the pin or needle to gently remove skin over the splinter.
Then use the tip of the pin to lift the end of the splinter out.
You may need to use tweezers to pull out the splinter after you lift it.
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