Ouch! Stepping on shards of glass is both scary and painful, but don't panic. Although it may feel a little prickly, bits and pieces of glass are easy to remove as long as you have tweezers and a sewing needle. Through this article you will be guided by frequently asked questions, so that your feet can be treated properly.
Method 1 of 7: How to remove broken glass?
Step 1. Clean around the wound with soap and water
Previously, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds; so that no germs or dirt get into the wound. Then, dip a cloth or tissue in warm, soapy water, and clean around the wound area.
Step 2. Remove the glass with tweezers
Clean the tweezers with rubbing alcohol. Then, gently pinch the shards of glass with the tweezers, and remove them from your skin. If the glass shard is too small, look at it using a magnifying glass as you pick it up with tweezers.
Method 2 of 7: How to remove glass shards under the skin?
Step 1. Gently open the skin with a cleaned sewing needle
Clean the needle with rubbing alcohol and find out exactly where the glass splinter is. Then, slowly prick the skin just above the shard of glass. Use a needle to pry off one end of the shard of glass, making it easier to pick up the shard.
If one end of the shard of glass is sticking out, you don't need to open the skin. Simply grab the end that is sticking out with the tweezers and gently pull it out
Step 2. Remove the glass shards with clean tweezers
Clean the tweezers with rubbing alcohol and pinch the ends of the glass shards. Then, slowly pull and remove the glass shards from your feet.
Method 3 of 7: Can the shards of glass come out by soaking?
Step 1. It's possible, but it doesn't replace needles and tweezers
Before removing shards of glass, some experts recommend soaking the affected area in warm water for a few minutes, so that the skin becomes soft and easy to handle. However, in the end the needles and tweezers will help remove the glass shards.
Method 4 of 7: What to do after the glass splinters are removed?
Step 1. Bandage the wound and apply an antibiotic ointment
Once all the glass shards have been removed, clean the wound again with soap and warm water. Then, slowly apply an antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin around the wound. Remove any shards or shards of glass after you take them out.
Just in case, cover any exposed skin marks or cuts with a clean bandage
Method 5 of 7: Should I seek medical help?
Step 1. Yes, if the wound is severe
Small shards and shards of glass are one thing, but you shouldn't treat a large cut yourself. If the broken glass goes too deep, seek emergency medical attention or visit the ER immediately.
Before seeking help, cover the wound with gauze, and place a pad around the glass. Then, slowly and carefully bandage around the wound with a clean bandage or gauze
Method 6 of 7: Can the broken glass be left stuck in the leg?
Step 1. Yes, if the glass shards are very small and do not cause pain
If the piece of glass doesn't go too deep into the skin, it may come out on its own as your skin peels off naturally. You'll also notice a small swelling at the site of the splinter - this is normal, and is your body's way of expelling the shard.
Method 7 of 7: Can we use baking soda to get the glass off the feet?
Step 1. Maybe, but not much evidence to support it
The only mention of this method is on blogs, forums on the internet, and websites containing various tips. Unfortunately, there are no medical sources or experts to support this claim.