One of the joys of summer is going barefoot. One of its bummers: picking up a splinter or stepping on a sharp object, like a nail.
Puncture wounds, common summer injuries, don’t normally cause excessive bleeding and typically heal quickly. If you get a splinter, remove it by gently pinching the surrounding skin and using sterilized tweezers (boiled for at least five minutes or soaked in rubbing alcohol) to slowly pull it out at the same angle it entered the skin. Cleanse the area with peroxide, cover with an antiseptic, such as Neosporin, and then bandage the wound to prevent infection.
If the object is embedded in your skin or is in a sensitive area such as your eye, or if it’s unusually large or contaminated by rust, do not attempt to remove it yourself; instead, seek medical attention. If you haven’t had a tetanus vaccine in more than five years, your doctor may recommend getting a booster within 48 hours. Be sure to monitor your wound as it heals—additional medical care may be necessary if you develop redness, an enlarged point of entry, or linear streaking.