Wondering how to treat fiberglass in skin? If you’re experiencing pain or itching after exposure to fiberglass, you may have splinters embedded in your skin. Fiberglass is a covering material made of glass fibers combined with special resins. The material is strong and lightweight, and its many uses include cars, boats, roofing, pipes, and even surfboards.
If you fail to use proper safety precautions and protective gear while handling fiberglass, the material can lodge in your skin, causing pain, itching, and sometimes a rash. Here are some simple instructions for removing fiberglass from your skin.
- Soap and water
- Rubbing alcohol
- Sterile needle
- Magnifying glass
- Antibiotic ointment
- Clean the affected area. Before attempting to remove fiberglass from your skin, wash your hands and clean the affected area. Soap and water is all that is needed to prepare your skin for splinter removal.
- Remove the splinters with tweezers. If fiberglass splinters are projecting from your skin, remove them with clean tweezers. If the splinters are completely embedded in the skin, continue treatment with the following steps.
- Clean and sterilize a sharp needle. Wipe a sharp needle with rubbing alcohol to sterilize it. If alcohol is not handy, clean the needle with soap and water.
- Break the skin with the needle. Use the clean, sharp needle to break the skin over the embedded fiberglass. Gently lift the tip of the splinter out of the skin.
- Remove the splinter with tweezers. Use tweezers to grasp the splinter’s tip and pull it out of the skin. If you’re having trouble seeing the splinter, use a magnifying glass. Don’t wet or soak the splinter with water, as this will make it harder to remove the splinter in one piece.
- Clean and treat the wound. After all fiberglass splinters are removed, wash the affected area of skin with soap and water, and gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the wound and watch for signs of infection.
- Seek medical attention. If you’re unable to remove fiberglass from your skin, you may need medical care. See a doctor if a splinter is large, deeply embedded, or close to the eye.