Removal of Cactus thorns from skin

malibu_rose(z10CA)July 2, 2005

Hi All,

My dad got cactus thorns (tiny ones) stuck in his back after gardening and I want to know the best remedy besides plucking them out to get the tiny (invisible) ones out before they penetrate any deeper. Please respond ASAP. Thanks so much for your help!

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calpat(zone9ab No.Ca.)

Use a magnifying glass to get those buggers out & remember to wash with alcohol. Generaly if you don't get the tiny ones, they will fester and then you can pop them out easily. Sorry, but it's not a fun or easy task!

    Bookmark   July 3, 2005 at 12:44PM
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jannie(z7 LI NY)

When my kids were little, I bought a great little tool at my local drug store. It's a short,very sharp tweezers with a magnifier attached. Great for splinters,bug stingers, cactus thorns. Soaking in water,even showering, also helps dislodge the tiny tiny thorns you can't see.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2005 at 2:45PM
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Very gently place adhesive tape on them and then lift them out.


    Bookmark   July 4, 2005 at 1:39PM
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Different cacti have different thorns. Some have hooks, which make removal harder. I use tweezers & duct tape. Make sure you are in a good light so you can see them.
Make sure you get them out of your clothes or they can go to other clothes in the laundry.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2005 at 5:53AM
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Kathy547(z8 AR)

scotch tape & if that doesn't work, duct tape.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2005 at 4:51PM
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I used to put white glue on my childrens hands if they touched the neighbors cactus, let it dry and peel off. Worked every time, plus, it gave the kids something to do themselves = control = no pain.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2005 at 7:57AM
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clay dirt, very dry, sprinkle on and wait a bit, then dampen, wait a bit more then shower off, the clay sucks up pretty much everything superficial, hope the thorns aren't too deep

    Bookmark   July 19, 2005 at 2:53PM
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Elmer's glue work great Pour it on let it dry lift it off and out

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 4:42PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Well hopefully after 6 years the problem has been remedied!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2011 at 12:03PM
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