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When to Seek Medical Care
Most splinters are easily removed at home without complications. On occasion, the person may need to see a doctor.
For serious bleeding or complications from infection associated with splinters or deep puncture wounds, go to a hospital's emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
Clifford Spanierman, MD
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