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Old 10-10-2005, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default Metal shavings embedded in hands and feet, any consequences?

Like the title says, I have tiny little steel shavings embedded in my hands and feet. I got most of them out, but I'm wondering if the others that are too deep for me to remove will come out eventually, or if they'll cause any problems in the long run. I know that sandblasting without gloves can induce gangrene (or something of the like), which is obviously bad. But I'm not sure if the same applies for a few metal shavings. There are maybe 10 or so slivers left stuck in my hands.

Oh, and tips on how to remove them would be nice too.
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i know those hurt but try tweezers and a magnify glass.
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i know those hurt but try tweezers and a magnify glass.
That's how I got the others out, minus the magnifying glass. The remaining ones seem to be sunken under the top layer of skin.
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I usually use a sharp, sterile (hold a match to it) pin to get out my embedded splinters/shavings.

Next time use proper protection. I learned when I got a metal shaving in my eye, it scared the living **** out of me.
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They are going to eventually reach your bloodstream, head into your heart and you are going to die. Nothing you can do either.
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This is why yuo shouldn't work on your car w/ out gloves and shoes on. Click the image to open in full size.
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I usually use a sharp, sterile (hold a match to it) pin to get out my embedded splinters/shavings.
good suggestion there

eventually (unless they're REALLY deep) your body will reject the metal splinters and they'll come out on their own, along with some pus. (lovely)
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ice your hands where are shavings are to numb them up and at the same tip hold a pin or safety needle under a fire to kill bacteria, then poke yourself real fast to get the shavings out while your hand is numb.
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I have been told to use super glue, and coat a good layer on top of the skin where the shavings are embedded, and let it dry, when it does, pull the layer away and it should pull the metal sliver out of your skin.... Just a suggestion, heard it works...
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you are going to have major issues if you ever have an MRI...........that magnetic field is strong enough to actually pull some out and blur the image around those that remain...
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Good way to get a staff infection.
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normally i'd say try putting some tape on the cuts to soften the skin and maybe adhere the shards to the tape, but this stuff sounds too deep.

option a) visit a doctor
option b) get wasted and just cut em out

they will bother you in the long run. they will always stay sharp and if you put pressure on them in a certain way it'll feel as if you're getting stabbed. i had a piece of glass in the side of my finger for the past few months. it was tiny so i didn't worry about it at the time, but as everything healed up it became a serious nuisance. last night i got pissed off at it and just dug it out. the piece turned out to be about the size of a grain of salt, but it hurt like **** whenever it had pressure on it.
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ever consider going to the doctor to get them out before they heal...if its not too late already..
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if they stay in the they can fester. my dad had some metal fragments in his lip leftover from a car accident that did that a couple months later (after it had healed)
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I learned when I got a metal shaving in my eye, it scared the living **** out of me.
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hmm i'd say go to doctor and get it checked out... you might inoculate urself with further infections or make things worse. Click the image to open in full size.
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get them out asap

metal + rust = tetnis = death.
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yeah you'll probably be getting lockjaw pretty soon if you don't hurry up

The tetanus neurotoxin causes the muscles to tighten up into a continuous ("tetanic" or "tonic") contraction or spasm. The jaw is "locked" by muscle spasms, giving the name "lockjaw" (also called "trismus"). Muscles throughout the body are affected, including the vital muscles necessary for normal breathing. When the breathing muscles lose their power, breathing becomes difficult or impossible and death can occur without life-support measures. Even with breathing support, infections of the airways within the lungs can lead to death
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How big are we talking here?
My dumbass used a grinder on my door (trying to fit in bigger speakers than my door could handle, doh) and it left a bunch of small shavings. I tried to wipe them off with my hand and *oof* instant metal splinters. I got some out and just left the rest, I'm now a partial amputee...

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Would a giant magnet work? Good luck digging them out, I'm cringing just thinking about it.
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Would a giant magnet work? Good luck digging them out, I'm cringing just thinking about it.

Any scrapyards in the area? Just lie on your back under the big electromagnet crane and stick you hands and feet up. Click the image to open in full size.
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you could try to put your hand/feet in hot water to open the pores up and scrub.
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