Ouch! How to Treat Common Gardening Injuries

Warm weather means more time spent in the great outdoors. Here's how to handle common injuries and mishaps when you're gardening or doing yard work (11 Photos)

Arricca Elin SanSone on Jul 20, 2012 at 10:31AM

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Ouch! How to Treat Common Gardening Injuries

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Splinter or Rose Thorn in Your Hand

“Go inside, wash up with soap and water, and grab the part that’s sticking out with a pair of tweezers,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Pull it out slowly in the direction that it got stuck in there. Apply antibiotic cream and a bandage. If a piece remains, don't go digging around -- your doctor can numb the area and remove it with less pain and damage. Call your doctor to ask if you need a tetanus shot (adults need them every 10 years).

See your doctor if: You can’t remove it or see signs of infection, such as pus, redness or red streaks around the wound.

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