Nothing beats a great day at fishing, until you catch your finger in the hook instead of an actual fish! It isn’t just painful, but the hook is designed in a way that can injure you deeply if removed incorrectly. Follow this guide on how you can safely, and easily, remove that fish hook from your finger. Below are two methods to remove the hook stuck in your finger. You can remove the hook alone from your finger or arm with these methods.
- With a fishing line, tie a loop around the bend of the hook.
- Lightly, pull the hook from the wire.
- With your other hand, gently lower the hook from its eye region and continue pressing down.
- Very quickly but gently, pull the fishing line at the bend back.
- Clean the small wound and apply a bandage.
- With a pair of pliers, remove the hook by running it further around to make the hook come out of the finger.
- When the hook emerges from below the skin, use the pliers to cut the hooked part.
- Remove the hook by running it backwards now.
- Clean the two wounds and apply a bandage.
Tips for removing a fish hook from your finger without too much pain:
- The faster you remove the hook, the lesser the pain.
- If the hook is big and deeply embedded, it is best to get a trained medical care from a medical specialist. You can run the risk of puncturing any blood vessel or nerve if you try removal even through the steps provided in this article.
- Use barbless hooks and avoid using treble or double hooks when fishing.
- Fish hooks are dirty, and once it is stuck anywhere on you, the spot will be needed to be disinfected. This is because ponds are full of pond scum, bacteria, and algae. Apply a saline solution over the wound left so as to disinfect it once the hook has been removed. You can also use a beverage with a high alcoholic content on the wound, such as vodka or rum. Hydrogen peroxide is another disinfect for freshly created wounds.
- Wash the wound quickly when the hook is removed. Use cold water over the wound and an antibacterial soap immediately. Use drinking water if you don’t have clean water around you. Apply an antibiotic cream over the wound then, and coat with a bandage. You must disinfect the wound before applying the cream and applying the bandage. This kills any bacteria that remains afterwards and will keep the wound free from dirt. Change the bandage often and let the wound breathe often.
- Stitches may be needed for a wound that is deep when the hook is removed. Consult a medical specialist if this happens.
- If the hook is rusty, you will need a tetanus shot. Tetanus bacteria can even exist on clean hooks, so get one anyway. Get the tetanus shot within 72 hours of the injury. It is very important to get one.
- Keep a check on the wound to ensure it is healing properly. If you see any problem, contact a medical specialist immediately.
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