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Removing glass from flesh
« on: June 03, 2008, 08:11:37 pm »
How would one go about removing a tiny shard of glass from the flesh of one's fingertip?  Squeezing and poking won't do it. I've offered to have at it with my craft knife and a big needle but she won't let me near it...well we were watching Sweeney Todd at the time.  It's been covered in antiseptic cream etc to try and stop infections. 

Any ideas?

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008, 08:40:07 pm »
Leave it to 'work its own way to the surface'.
Avoid direct pressure to avoid pain.

Foreign body is usually out within a week this way.

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2008, 08:40:56 pm »
cut it off , unless you really need that finger.

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2008, 08:43:46 pm »
Get some epsom salts and glycerin from the chemist, make a paste with it, slather over the wound and pop a plaster or dressing on top. Should help to draw the glass out of the wound.
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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008, 09:09:56 pm »
Dig open the wound with a sharp object and rub some salt into it. The salt will dissolve the glass and heal the wound almost immediately.  ;D


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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008, 08:34:54 am »
Dig open the wound with a sharp object and rub some salt into it. The salt will dissolve the glass and heal the wound almost immediately.  ;D



That's just rubbing salt into the wound surely?
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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008, 08:37:52 am »
A sharp blow to the back of her head will stun her for long enough to administer the chloroform.  Then deal with the wound in the traditional manner with scalpel and sutures.  If you don't have either of these, a bowie knife, needle and thread should be fine, as long as you drench them in Jack Daniels first.

Hope this helps  :D
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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008, 09:03:41 am »
Nobody ever drenches me in Jack Daniels :(

Folk wisdom says soak it out. 
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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008, 12:09:30 pm »
Thanks, she has been dispatched to chemist for potion ingedients. 

However, if it takes a week I might have to resort to Charlotte's method, as SWMBO knows that it is in the bird giving finger on her right hand, but can't tell her left from her right and so keeps picking things up with it and screaming.  The cat is living on it nerves again.

Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008, 04:11:21 pm »
Thanks, she has been dispatched to chemist for potion ingedients. 

However, if it takes a week I might have to resort to Charlotte's method, as SWMBO knows that it is in the bird giving finger on her right hand, but can't tell her left from her right and so keeps picking things up with it and screaming.  The cat is living on it nerves again.

Stick a plaster or something on that finger, as a reminder?

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2008, 04:20:08 pm »
Thanks, she has been dispatched to chemist for potion ingedients. 

However, if it takes a week I might have to resort to Charlotte's method, as SWMBO knows that it is in the bird giving finger on her right hand, but can't tell her left from her right and so keeps picking things up with it and screaming.  The cat is living on it nerves again.

Stick a plaster or something on that finger, as a reminder?

How about a felt ring or corn plaster to prevent pressure on the sore point?

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2008, 10:39:53 pm »
A friend of mine was in a car accident when we were in school - he reflexively put his hand out and it went through the windscreen. Pieces of windscreen were making their way out of his palms naturally for weeks afterwards.

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2008, 09:01:11 am »
When our dog got a lump of glass in his paw, the vet dug it out with a hypodermic needle.
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hellymedic

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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2008, 10:53:21 am »
Lumps is easy, amenable sharp toolz and usually graspble. Glass also usually shows up well on X-ray. Small splinters are different; you can do much damage attempting to locate and remove these things.
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Re: Removing glass from flesh
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2008, 04:31:04 pm »
I locate the bit with a needle, and then squeeze behind so that blood is rushing out and while doing that using the needle to move the shard left to right slightly. It'll be out in a few minutes.
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