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My daughter has a splinter under her finger nail. What is best

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My daughter has a splinter under her finger nail. What is best to either get it out or reduce the swelling?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
Hi--how long has it been there and is there a part of the splinter that is at the tip of the fingernail?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Since last night around 6:00 PM. No part of the splinter is sticking out

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 1 year ago.
OK. First off, given time, these usually work their way out without becoming infected. That said, unless you can grasp the tip of the splinter with a tweezers and gently pry it out, part of the nail needs to be cut to expose the end of the splinter so it can be grasped with tweezers. However, a doctor, in his office, has small instruments like mosquito clamps that are much better suited to get a splinter out than the tweezers people usually have at home, so if you can't get it out easily you need to have a doctor do the job.
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