8 Easy Home Remedies For Thorn Removal
Thorns are sharply painful and are often troublesome to get out. Here are some natural home remedies that you may not have heard of before that can make getting out a thorn all the easier.
#1. Clean the Area
Whenever you get a thorn stuck in your hand or any other part of your body you should rinse out the area with cool water and wash it off with soap. This will go a long way in making the thorn easier to get out, and it will also help to prevent infection if you cannot get the thorn out right away. When you are done cleaning the area, gently pat it dry with a towel. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the area where the thorn is embedded.
#2. Don’t Squeeze
When trying to get a thorn out, don’t squeeze the area. This can make it harder to get the thorn out and it can actually push the thorn deeper into your skin. This is also why it is important to put as little pressure as possible on the thorn. Too much pressure in the wrong spot can push the thorn so deep that you will need medical assistance. If you cannot get the thorn out within a day, see a doctor.
#3. Don’t Break
While it may seem easier to get out a smaller piece of thorn, it will only make matter more complicated than it needs to be. Do not purposely break the thorn into smaller pieces to try to get it out more easily. If it does break on accident, then it will be harder to get out. If you think it’s hard to get one thorn out, imagine how hard and difficult it will be to get two or three pieces of thorn out.
A much safer natural remedy to get a thorn out is to use tweezers. This is safest to do when the thorn is close to the upper layer of skin or if it is stuck in a very thin layer of skin. Thorns typically have a triangular shape. Use the tweezers to grab onto the larger end of the thorn so that it won’t hurt so much to get the smaller end out. Do this slowly and carefully. If this is not easy, or does not seem to be working, then quit and try another solution.
If the thorn is close to the surface or in a thin layer of skin than ordinary masking tape can get out the thorn. Lightly press the tape to the thorn. Once you are sure that the thorn is stuck to the tape, slowly pull the tape away in the direction of the larger end of the thorn. This should slowly but safely be able to remove the thorn. If you pull it the wrong way, or directly up, then the thorn could become even more lodged on your skin. If this happens, try another natural home remedy.
#6. White Vinegar
If the thorn is in too deep to just pull out, then you can use white vinegar as a home remedy to bring it close to the surface, and maybe even all the way out. Put some white vinegar in a bowl and let the area surrounding the thorn soak in it for at least twenty minutes. Obviously, this will work much better if your thorn is stuck in a finger or other small body part.
Potatoes are one of the best natural remedies that can also help to draw out thorns from within deeper layers of skin. Cut a raw potato into small slices. Once you do this, take the slices and put them over the area where the thorn is. To keep the potato slices on easier you may want to hold them on with a large bandage. Leave this on overnight. By the morning the thorn should be close enough to the surface that you should be able to get it out with tweezers or tape.
#8. Baking Soda
Another home remedy to have a thorn come close to the surface of your skin overnight is to make a paste out of water and baking soda. Mix a tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of baking soda. Mix the two together until they make a paste. Rub this paste over the area on and surrounding the thorn. When you are done applying the paste, put a bandage over the area to keep it in place. In the morning, rinse off the paste and you should be able to get the thorn out with tweezers or tape.
Hopefully these natural home remedies can help you easily remove a thorn.