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AM420

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09-24-2018 03:13 PM

I was helping someone install a cabinet mount microwave yesterday and now I have a feeling like something, maybe a very small piece of metal, got into the tip of my finger, but I can’t even see it, let alone get it out. I can only tell because once in a while when I touch something or run another finger across it I feel a swing of pain that is similar to a splinter. I looked at my finger with a magnifying glass and can’t see anything ,but definitely feel it.

Concerned it may be a piece of metal since I was cutting some metal and had to saw a bolt head after the bolt stripped. Is it anything to be worried about? Any tips on taking care of something like this if it is?

Thanks.


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jbay

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 03:26 PM

Get a shovel and dig it out.
Don’t do anything and see if it festers up, then it will be easier to find, then dig it out.
If it doesn’t fester and the pain goes away all is good.

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HokieKen

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 03:29 PM

As a former machinist, I can say that if I walk by a strong magnet, my hands get tugged a little bit from all the slivers embedded over the years. ;-) It’ll most likely work itself out eventually. Personally, I make sure I stay current on my Tetanus shots. Unless it was some really corroded metal or it had some potentially harmful chemicals of some sort on it, I would just leave it be. If it really bothers you, the ER can find and remove it. Stay safe!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Nubsnstubs

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 03:41 PM

Get over to your local drug store, and get a disposable flashlight that doctors use. Turn it on and cover the bulb with the offending finger. If it’s a piece of metal, it might show as a dark spot. Wash your hands first! Like the others said, don’t worry about it until you know there is going to be a problem…......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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Markslawes

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 03:50 PM

I keep a £1 pair of +5 reading glasses in the shed that you get from Pound stores as we call them in the UK, You would be surprised just what you can see close up with them. Handy tool to keep in your workshop. When I get a metal sliver or splinter in my fingers, no matter how small these glasses always deliver….. Then its the wife’s eye brow tweezers to finish the job.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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DBDesigns

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 03:51 PM

Excellent source of iron for your metabolism.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 03:57 PM

sometimes I get a tiny cut that feels like that wait a week see what happens if splinter you will know by then …. GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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lumbering_on

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 04:07 PM

It could be pretty much anything, but as others have noted, it will likely just work itself out within a few days, and won’t be anything other than annoying. If it starts getting red and warm then you have an infection, and you should look at getting it out.

I used to work with medics, and their advice was when you first notice the red, you should take a quick look with a magnifying glass to see if you can see the sliver. If you can, then you can use a needle to dig it out. Just make sure you sterilize the needle, by heating it with a flame for a couple of seconds, then let it cool and dip it in rubbing alcohol. Then rub the area with rubbing alcohol, and start digging. When you’re finished, apply a cream such as Bactoban or Polysporin and cover with a dressing or a Bandaid it it’s a small enough wound.

Don’t use hydrogen peroxide as this will actually start killing cells and will delay the healing.

If you can’t see anything then you should wait a day and see if you can see something coming up. If not, then you should see your doctor as may not have anything left in your finger, but the infection needs to be taken care of.

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TheFridge

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#8 posted 09-24-2018 04:07 PM

In my short time as an owner of a mill, that those slivers are little spears of hatred that must be dug out with the pocket knife at the end of the night.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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BlasterStumps

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 05:13 PM

I have an interest in rocks and minerals so I have a low-power, boom, zoom stereo microscope. With it I can get a good up close look at whatever. Like all of you, as a result of working on wood and metal in my shop or, picking raspberries, I frequently get the tiny stickers, slivers, and occasionally the big sliver. I sit down at the microscope and dig them out with a sharp needle. My eye sight is so bad that without that magnification, I wouldn’t have a chance of getting some of them out. Sometimes I still can’t remove a sticker or sliver so I just let it fester and usually it will be easier to remove then.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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BilltheDiver

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#10 posted 09-24-2018 05:24 PM

I have occasionally resorted to use a pair of fingernail clippers to slowly excavate the skin until the sliver appears and is removed. It’s less painful than digging with a blade or a pin. Sterilize first, of course.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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Ripper70

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#11 posted 09-24-2018 06:42 PM

You can use a neodymium magnet to remove a metal splinter.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Steve

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#12 posted 09-24-2018 08:38 PM

Could be worse. In HS, I had gotten a metal sliver stuck in my eye. Had to sit there while the eye dr drilled out the rust. I learned my lesson and wear safety glasses all the time now.

You may be able to put some glue over the area and let it dry. then peel it off and see if it grabs the sliver with it.

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lumbering_on

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#13 posted 09-24-2018 10:11 PM



Could be worse. In HS, I had gotten a metal sliver stuck in my eye. Had to sit there while the eye dr drilled out the rust. I learned my lesson and wear safety glasses all the time now.

You may be able to put some glue over the area and let it dry. then peel it off and see if it grabs the sliver with it.

- Steve

I think you win the Worst Sliver award. I couldn’t even imagine having to go through that, especially if the doctor decided to add a lecture to the treatment.

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jbay

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#14 posted 09-24-2018 10:31 PM


Could be worse. In HS, I had gotten a metal sliver stuck in my eye. Had to sit there while the eye dr drilled out the rust. I learned my lesson and wear safety glasses all the time now.

You may be able to put some glue over the area and let it dry. then peel it off and see if it grabs the sliver with it.

- Steve

Yep, I had to have a rust ring scraped of my eye from a piece of metal, (not a sliver.)

After that I found this nifty eye tool,
One end is a smooth magnet head for metal, the other is a fishing line loop for debris. Works great.
The ends screw on and reverse to go back into the tube.

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oldnovice

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#15 posted 09-24-2018 11:18 PM

Not to make fun of your plight but …..
Many years ago my lead engineer got a metal sliver in one of his fingers.
He went to the factory nurse who told him to sit down while she got the alcohol, tweezers, and antiseptic.
Ed was not a patient man but he sat down and waited.
After what he thought was way too long he took out his pocket knife and cut the sliver, along with some finger, off and laid it down on the exam table.
He got up and told the nurse ”you can get it out when you are ready, I have work to do!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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