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Advance-and-Cut Method of Fishhook Removal


If medical help is not available to remove a fishhook, this method is an option. If removal of the fishhook is too painful, seek medical care.

Step A

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.

Determine that the fishhook is deeply embedded and cannot be removed by the string-pull method. Use ice or cold water to numb the area.

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Step B

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.

Push the hook the rest of the way through the skin so the barb comes out through the skin.

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Step C

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.

Carefully cut off the barb. (Wire cutters work.)

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Step D

Illustration of the alternate method of fish hook removal.

Remove the rest of the hook by pulling it back out from where it entered the skin.

Be sure to clean the wound to prevent infection.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedApril 26, 2011

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