Eliminating fiberglass from your skin: a step-by-step guide

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2023 | Construction Accidents |

Fiberglass is a common material used in construction. Unfortunately, it is also a common cause of injuries on Illinois construction sites. If you have gotten fiberglass stuck in your skin, it can be painful and irritating. Removing it is essential to prevent further discomfort and potential infection.

Gather your materials

After construction injuries, to remove fiberglass from your skin, you will need the following materials:

  • Tweezers
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricants
  • Adhesive bandages

Clean the affected area

Before removing the fiberglass, it is crucial to clean the affected area. Gently wash the area with antibacterial soap and water to remove dirt or debris. Then, use a cotton ball or swab to apply a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to the affected area. Washing will help to disinfect the area and loosen the fiberglass from your skin.

Remove the fiberglass

Using a pair of tweezers, carefully grasp the fiberglass and gently pull it out of your skin. If the fiberglass is deeply embedded or you have difficulty removing it, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly or other lubricants to the area. Lubrication will help to loosen the fiberglass and make it easier to remove.

Dispose of the fiberglass

Once you have removed the fiberglass, dispose of it properly. Do not leave it lying around as it can easily cause injury to others.

Treat the area

After removing the fiberglass, it is vital to treat the affected area properly. If the site is bleeding or appears infected, seek medical attention.

Removing fiberglass from your skin can be a challenging and painful task. However, by following these steps and using suitable materials, you can safely and effectively remove fiberglass from your skin and prevent further discomfort or infection.