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How to Care for an Embedded or Impaled Object in the Skin

By Dan Zisko ; Updated December 05, 2018

The function of the skin is to protection to the body, however, it does not provide an impermeable membrane that will keep out all objects. Small items, such as wood splinters or pieces of glass can get stuck into the skin. When this happens, you need to take steps to remove the item from the skin before it becomes infected. Remove small objects with items that are found around your house.


  1. Pinch the skin together to raise the object from the skin. Grab the end of the object with tweezers.

  2. Pull the object out of the skin with the tweezers slowly and with care.

  3. Wash the area with soap and water once the object is removed to prevent any bacteria from entering the skin.

Rubbing Alcohol

  1. Coat a needle in rubbing alcohol to sterilize it.

  2. Wash the infected area of the skin with a topical antiseptic in order to prepare your skin to be opened.

  3. Push the needle into the skin at the area where the object embedded itself. Work the object out of your skin with the needle.

Baking Soda

  1. Mix together a tablespoon of baking soda with warm water

  2. Rub the solution on the the spot with the embedded object twice daily.

  3. Work the solution into your skin until you wear the skin down enough to remove the object.

  4. Tip

    If the object has embedded itself too deep in the skin, you may not be able to remove it at home. When this happens, see as doctor as soon as possible for removal.

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