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Fishhook Removal
(Fish Hook)

Fishhook Removal

Fishing is a widespread leisurely activity that rarely results in an emergency. However, trauma from a fishhook piercing the skin is fairly common. Use the following guidelines to remove a fishhook:

  • Use pliers or forceps to push the hook gently through the skin, following the curve of the hook.
  • Cut off the barb so that the unbarbed portion of the fishhook can be backed out.
  • Do not close the wound.
  • Follow wound care guidelines, especially checking on tetanus vaccine status.
  • Start antibiotics immediately.

When to Seek Medical Care

A fishhook wound can lead to a serious infection, so be certain to consult a doctor about available medications for the treatment of fishhook wounds. People who experience a fishhook puncture should be immunized for tetanus if more than 5 years have passed since their last inoculation.

Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine

REFERENCE: AAFP.org. Fishhook Removal.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/23/2015
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