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Splinter Overview

Another name for Splinter is Skin Foreign Body.

What is a skin foreign body?
A person with a skin foreign body has an object lodged underneath the surface of the skin. Skin foreign bodies may result in skin infections.

What are the symptoms of a skin foreign body?
Symptoms that may occur with a skin foreign body may include swelling, pain, tenderness, or numbness around the wound.

How does the doctor treat a skin foreign body?
Treatment for a skin foreign body may include wound care, removal of the foreign body, wound repair, antibiotics, and tetanus vaccination. Surgery may be required, in order to remove the foreign body or to repair damaged tissue.

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Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Splinter References
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  3. Vincent A, Jenkins DW. Retained digital foreign body after a pellet gun injury. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2000 Feb;90(2):103-6. [10697978]
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