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Sliver Removal
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:51:25 AM »
Ran a sliver of douglas fir through my glove and into my thumb over the weekend.  Did some resawing of warped beams for Maylynn's horse coral.   It was sticking out of the glove so she tried to pull it out with the glove still on.  Why is it they ALWAYS break off at the surface of the skin? >:( ::)

I always try to dig them out the first day which usually makes them worst.  By the second day they usually fester up and most of the time pop out with a squeze  :)

Back in the day my dad used black salve.  Not sure what it was.   I tried hydrogen peroxide this last time and it did not fester up enough to draw it out.  It acts like it wants to stay in now.  Not looking forward to trying to cut it out now.

Any old time remedys for sliver removal?
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 03:44:32 AM »
I have some Drawing Salve  from PayLess which is black goo (looks and smells like the stuff mom use to use on us ).  I also have some all natural drawing save called     Smile's PRID  Homeopathic salve.  Not sure where I got it probably at the local feed store where they have natural remedies,etc.
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 08:48:44 AM »
Chris,get an exacto knife with the sharp pointed blade alcohol everything and run the tip in the same way as the splinter went in then lift to open the skin and dig out that blighter.It will heal better opened up,Neosporin and bandaid. Frank C. MD [sure]
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 09:00:00 AM »
Ask DOCTORB. If he's on call today.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 09:14:13 AM »
doctorb may not be in an axeing mood today.   splitwood_smiley whiteflag_smiley
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012, 09:17:02 AM »
I drove a splinter through my finger once. Did not come out the other side,but almost did.
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2012, 09:26:51 AM »
Soak it in water and epsom salts. Just had one in the bottom of my foot thru a callous. Took soaking it once/twice a day for 3 days. Stab from side with pin and pry out  :o
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2012, 09:37:00 AM »
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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2012, 11:11:41 AM »
I usually dig with a pin but the exacto knife sounds good.  The one challenge is the fingers often have alot of nerves.  The one I have now is deep and when trying to dig it out or free it up I hit a nerve and thats it.  No way to cut or dig further on a small scale.   May need a couple of budwisers to go deeper.   If Im patient it should pop out.   

Didnt know the salve was still out there.  Im going to get some.

Just realized, the one thing we are missing here for the bad ones is going to the doctor and get him to cut on it....
pretty obvious but thats part of having a bad sliver.... it makes you think you can pull it out.  There you have it..they are evil!!    :o :) :)
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012, 08:29:30 PM »
Had a fairly bad one back a few years ago.  As I was climbing up onto a rail, I caught a big one right into the back of my right thigh.  I got about 2" out, but just knew that there was a lot more in there.  Make it worst, it was PT lumber.  Anyways, the doctors at DeWitt Army Hospital had to split my thigh open for about 2', maybe 3" to get the last of it.  And you know something.....Here it is about 15 years later and I still hear about it for my wife just about every time I try to climb up on something....... :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\ :-\

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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012, 08:40:24 PM »
Once had a bad splinter from rough hemlock barn siding. Old doctor layed on the Black Salve and next morning there she was.
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2012, 01:23:17 AM »
Here's what my grandparents used to do for Tom and I when we had splinters.

Before going to bed, put a piece of raw bacon fat over the splinter and hold it in place with a bandaid.  The splinter will travel the way of least resistance, so it will move into the bacon fat.  Sometimes one treatment is all that is needed and sometimes it takes a couple.

Another trick I've used to remove small splinters that you can feel but can't grab with a pair of tweezers. Coat the skin over the splinter with some Elmer's Glue All (the white stuff).  When it dries good, peel it off your skin and it should pull the splinter out as you peel.

Most of the  time I dig my splinters out with my pocket knife.  I spit on the knife first so it'll be clean.
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Re: Sliver Removal
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2012, 06:06:42 AM »
I don't know if I can get a pic of one but there is a product out there call splinter out (I think this is the name of it) any way they work better than any needle or knife. They are surgically designed and work great. I carry them in the truck every where I go.
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2012, 09:20:04 AM »
The stuff that you find out about here on the Forestry Forum.   Splinter Out   :)
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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2012, 09:31:39 AM »
I walked by a stack of pallets at work and got a splinter in the arm,about an inch long. Could not see the end of it,but could feel both ends of it. I went to the hospital for it. I'm not the toughest person when it comes to pain.I had one of the higher up try to give me a hard time about going to the hospital to have it taken out. I told her I'll drive a piece of wood in your arm, broke it off and I'll dig it out for you.  ::) Some types of wood you can get an infection from too.
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2012, 09:55:54 AM »
Sorry I am late to the party.  No, I was not playing golf (I don't play!)

Nope.  No pearls of wisdom about sliver removal and salves or letting it get infected.
 My advice is to WEAR GLOVES!!!

That'll be $97.00, after discount.
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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2012, 10:26:21 AM »
Not only do I always wear gloves, I buy them by the 12 pack and give them to the customer and off loaders.  No, they are not my employees, but it is amazing how many folks will show up for work without gloves.  It helps them to work faster, and that helps me.   :)
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2012, 10:32:51 AM »
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I was able to obtain some used pallets from my local hardware store for free last weekend.  First thing I did was go back inside and buy a pair of gloves to load them in my truck.  The price is real cheap compared to what those things can do to your hands.....which I kinda need!
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2012, 10:38:13 AM »
And be careful with those new gloves! Last month our machinist shoved his hand in a new glove and came out with a sewing needle stuck in his finger.

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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2012, 02:27:16 PM »
Hey Doc, didn't know we got a discount, well by the way I got me a pain right back here between my giggama hickey. What do you think? Reason I ask, $97 seems like a good deal.
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2012, 07:55:00 PM »
 This is the little package they come in.


 

This is what they look like. They work great.
 

 
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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2012, 07:59:52 PM »
  Bugdust.  Doctorb does not give a discount. That is the first time he has charged someone on the Ff for advice.  I think he REALLY wants that AXE. ;D ;D
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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2012, 08:00:31 PM »
doctorb, the checks in the mail!  ;D
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« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2012, 11:37:50 PM »
LCC  I did not know black salve make it all the way to california.  my grandpa's father was the last on we know of that made black salve. It has a very distinct smell and works unbelievable. we only have a small can left  and no recipes left by the family anyway .  just waned to say ya brought back alot of memories.  Now i just cut slivers out exacto knife and I understand not everybody has the same tollerance for pain thats why they havesalve I guess            Lazerdan

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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2019, 01:24:14 PM »
Saw an add in the paper for some hemlock - free. I know it is a dense wood and thought to get it to experiment with on the mill. Turned out to be cut into 16-24" lengths tapering quickly from an irregular stump. Oh well. I can do something with it....

But unloading the pickup I must've gotten a sliver, a really small one. It took two days but Holy $h1t, my pinky is really inflating. I think I got it out this morning - my personal tool of choice is a replaceable scalpel blade cause they cut deeper and with less pain than a hatchet or something about as sharp.

So now I think I know what to do with the wood. I believe it has some BTUs in it.

BTW, gloves: as an old machinist/tool maker working with small, fine stuff, I despise hand gloves. Sense of touch is second nature to everything I do, even when doing stuff that I know I need gloves to do. Like concrete. Like replacing the Woodmizer blade. Like, now, hemlock. Nasty, nasty stuff.

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« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2019, 05:14:18 PM »
   I am way late seeing this but I am pretty sure the black ointment mentioned at the start of this thread is called Ichthammol. We used to use it to bring a boil to a head as it seems to draw out the infection. It has always been readily available when I asked for it at various pharmacies. Looks almost like tar going on. 
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« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2019, 08:29:38 PM »
What I use, Dig it out. With these, I can see it.
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Have to hold your sliver 1" or so from your face, Then you can see also how dirty your hands are after washing them. :laugh: :laugh: ;D
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« Reply #27 on: June 11, 2019, 11:32:50 PM »
Here in sw Oregon when I was growing up we always had a can of that black salve that came in a red and black round can  and was bought from either the Watkins man or Raleigh man when they came around. It was used on all burns, cuts, abrasions, slivers, boils etc, it was applied to us kids, the dogs, cow or hog for any of the above injuries and I still use the bag balm salve I got from my mother when she passed in 1998.

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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2019, 11:58:25 PM »
Watkins medicated ointment works. A lot like vicks vapour rub. 
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« Reply #29 on: June 12, 2019, 07:12:57 AM »
The black salve i've used is called prid, comes in a little orange can. Got some at walmart pharmacy a few years ago, it was behind the counter and had to ask for it, don't have a clue why it wasn't out on the shelf.
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« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2019, 12:20:21 PM »
when l was 5 got a splinter from sliding down the steps. mom tried and my aunt a nurse then off to see old Dr Howe he told mom you got fresh milk and fresh bread make a wet paste apply at night cover and in the A.M. it was out the splinter was about 1 1/2"


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