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#2274897 - 05/12/14 03:05 PM Ouch, splinter under nail, help.
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I have a wood splinter under the nail of the 3rd finger. No chance of getting it out, it's about 1/4" long, snapped flush below the length I keep my nails, and visible through the top of the nail. I did start to have a go at getting it out but quickly decided it was only going to make things worse.

At the moment it hurts all the time; playing the piano slowly with the finger pad it's tender, playing trills, tremolos, arpeggios, etc, at speed where I (inadvertently?) use the finger tip, is out of the question. It's amazing how doing many everyday things currently hurt! New finger to swipe my iPad.

Google suggests Epsom Salts, Elmer glue, wait till it's infected and squeeze it out, wait for a few weeks and it will grow out, get a nurse to cut the nail and 'fish' it out. I will buy some Epsom tomorrow, never heard of Elmer, but just wondering if anyone has experienced this, or is a nurse/physician and can offer some direct guidance. cry

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#2274905 - 05/12/14 03:12 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Well, I wouldn't wait til it gets infected....

It may be that you'll have to get a dr to cut the nail.


You really have my sympathies.
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#2274907 - 05/12/14 03:17 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: casinitaly]
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Did Piano World advertise free medical advice possibilities recently smile ?

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#2274916 - 05/12/14 03:35 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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And you are not going for professional medical help because ... ???
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#2274921 - 05/12/14 03:43 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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This kind of thing can turn into something very serious. I would go see a doctor. Today.
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#2274933 - 05/12/14 04:06 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: Polyphonist]
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Numb it with a tube of Orajel, Anbesol, any of the over the counter gels for tooth pain. http://www.orajel.com/adult-oral-care/to...Orajel+products

Gently tease it out with a needle. http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Asewing%20needles

Follow up with some Triple Biotic. http://first-aid-product.com/industrial/triple-antibiotic-ointment.htm

Or go to a doctor, if you have good insurance.
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#2274961 - 05/12/14 04:44 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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You are in the UK so the cost of medical treatment is not an issue. Go and see a doctor ASAP.

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#2274981 - 05/12/14 05:06 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Hah, I think the lead time to see a GP in my practice, for non emergency cases, is 2-3 weeks. I can see a nurse tomorrow though, but I have doubts.

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#2274986 - 05/12/14 05:12 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Originally Posted By: spanishbuddha
Hah, I think the lead time to see a GP in my practice, for non emergency cases, is 2-3 weeks. I can see a nurse tomorrow though, but I have doubts.

Go to A&E, like right now. Really. They will remove it under local anaesthetic. Takes about 10 minutes.

Your GP won't be able to remove it unless he does minor surgery and has the equipment.

If the splinter festers and the infection spreads to the bone, the consequences don't bear thinking about.
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#2275007 - 05/12/14 05:48 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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GO AND SEE A DOCTOR! Crikey. I can sympathise with the ouch factor.
I recently had a thorn broken off under my thumbnail, couldn't get at it for a week and omg the pain!

Don't try playing piano with it, just get it out at the Docs. It will only get worse.
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#2275008 - 05/12/14 05:51 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Yes, you have to get a medical professional to take it out. This counts as an emergency because it requires attention now, not later!
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#2275025 - 05/12/14 06:02 PM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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I do know what you are experiencing. As a I had a similar situation happen at a local library when I was reading something and sitting down at an old wooden table in an upper floor balcony area when I had reached down to tie a shoe lace and somehow the fourth (or, ring) finger of my right hand snagged a splinter from an edge of the table leg. I heard a slight snap of wood but didn't notice anything until I was finished tying my shoe lace and could see the splinter clearly embedded under the finger nail!

I immediately showed my injured finger to one of the librarians who called in a manager and they promptly sent me over to a nearby doctor's office (walking distance from the library) which proceeded to remove the splinter at no charge to me. I was very appreciative of the library's assistance in the matter.

Question:

Did you do this while working on something (on your own property) or, did this happen somewhere else?

As it is possible you might have some recourse for treatment, as I did.

Do try and get it attended to as soon as you can.

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#2275245 - 05/13/14 03:44 AM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Tweezers and a suitable optical device, or an extremely short sighted person to operate said tweezers. Think of it as "gotta be better and cheaper than the dentist" and . . .there! Done! You could freeze yor finger first if you wanted . . .
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#2275268 - 05/13/14 06:06 AM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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- for this eventuality (yes, ouch, I sympathise) I highly recommend two pairs of off-the-peg reading glasses of max resolution (3x to 3.5x, 99p in bargain stores) one pair worn over the other will give a microscopic view of the injury. I sterilise a pin over a flame then start by gently moving the tip of the splinter from side to side so as to loosen without breaking.

Last time I had a hand injury that needed specialist attention, administering the local was sheer agony.

Best of luck!

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#2275356 - 05/13/14 09:18 AM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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Originally Posted By: spanishbuddha
Hah, I think the lead time to see a GP in my practice, for non emergency cases, is 2-3 weeks. I can see a nurse tomorrow though, but I have doubts.


A nurse will be fine for a task like this. Most of the time the doctor has them do it anyway; they have the experience and the knowledge about sterile fields, etc.

I've probably removed a hundred splinters from myself and the kids, it isn't a big deal, UNLESS you wait too long and it gets infected. That is seriously bad news and you won't be playing at all for weeks if that happens.
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#2276927 - 05/16/14 09:38 AM Re: Ouch, splinter under nail, help. [Re: spanishbuddha]
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I expect you've taken care of this by now, but the epsom salts in REALLY hot water - so hot you have to pull your finger out - usually works. Plunge your finger in & soak it as long as you can stand it, pull it out for a sec, then back into the water. Keep doing this till the water cools off, then do it again with freshly heated water & more epsom salts. It's what the first aid guy used when I worked tree-planting for the forestry many decades ago.
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