SOURCE: News release, American Academy of Dermatology
MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Along with the hot days of summer will come a perennial hazard of outdoor living: splinters.
Fortunately, dermatologists say splinters are usually easy to remove so you or your child can move on to more pleasant activities.
"Splinters come in all shapes and sizes, and they can really hurt," said Dr. Robert Sidbury, division chief of dermatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
"To reduce pain and the possibility of an infection, splinters should be removed as quickly as possible," he added in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Sidbury provided the following tips for safe and easy splinter removal:
"Most splinters can be safely removed at home, but some may require medical assistance," Sidbury said. "See your doctor or a board-certified dermatologist if your splinter is very large, deep, located in or near your eye or if the area becomes infected."
For more about splinters, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics.