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The best treatment for a splinter is to remove it.
Most splinters are removed easily at home, and no infection develops. If splinters are not removed, they may become inflamed and lead to infection.
Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
Clifford Spanierman, MD
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