Painful splinters tend to be slivers of metal, wood or glass that get stuck under your skin. Without proper removal and cleaning, the site of a splinter can easily become infected. Luckily, a few days of soaking can usually coax your splinter to the surface of your skin for easy removal.*
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a warm glass of water and soak your affected area twice a day. Repeat this treatment for a few days and you splinter is likely to come out on its own; until then, keep your affected area clean and dry.
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