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I have embedded a bunch of fiberglass in my skin. Any suggestions for how to get it out? I was moving an old fiberglass over wood kayak and used my bare leg for leverage to pick it up. Apparently, the fiberglass was exposed as I now have a very, very itchy/tender knee. Any home remedies?

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from machinegunner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

well, I tend to wash stuff away like this with some gas on a rag, or bleach on a rag....technu for poison ivy helps remove types of itches... wash the heck out of it with lava soap or laundry detergent, something that will promote the loosening of stuff you got in there...its going to burn for a while... some ibeprofin may help afterward with swelling and inflamation...if you can see stuff pull out with tweezers, or use a scraper of sorts and try that...good luck

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

mG I could not add much to this except isopropyl alcohol, (not as toxic as gasoline)and benedryl for the itching.

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from jdwood wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I never had much luck and I've had it happen on more than one occasion. But, I've never had much luck getting it out other than letting it come out on its own. I usually just try to avoid itching it and it usually goes away in a day or two.

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from santa wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

There are a number of home remedies for making fiberglass exposure more bearable. One that I have used with satisfactory results is to cover the area of skin affected with masking tape and then jerking the tape off. The micro fibers of fiberglass will stick to the tape and then get pulled out of the pores. Another method that works is to hot wax the area, but that is much more painfull that using masking tape. Yet if just left alone, the fibers will work their way out of the skin pores all on their own after a few days. Good old fashioned calamine lotion helps the itch.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

santa

As a Retired Aerospace Structural Tech, Santa pretty much said it all. Only thing else I can think of is to use the same soap mechanics use to get the gritty gunk off there hands. The grit in the soap just might remove it. I remember when I was a kid in California, there is a plant that had super small hair like bristles that would stick i your skin and etch like hell. We used wet muddy sand on the ground around us to scrub to get it out and it worked pretty good

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from machinegunner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

moishe, my old man used gas on a rag for a lot a things so that is my go to as well as I seem to always have it around. Bee sting, gas on a rag, poison ivy, gas on a rag...

I remeber washing my hands in gas to get the wheel bearing grease off... back in the day...

heck, I would use kerosene if its what I had to take the itch away...

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In an emergency MG if that is the only possible solution I can understand, but gas and kerosene are both pretty toxic, my uncle kept lava soap for grease removal,in his shop. The masking tape I did not think of santa.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I always put neosporin over it and let time do the work.

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from joseph fisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A plant called plantain works well- check it out on google. You probably have some in your yard. Just chew it up and put it on. Works well for bee stings as well.

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips, guys. I have gotten some relief from taking a benedryl and putting calamine lotion on the leg. That never occurred to me. Thought about the masking tape idea, but it is on my lower leg/knee and I am afraid the tape will take as much hair as it does fiberglass. For now, it is bearable enough to let it work its own way out.

Joseph Fisher, isn't a plantain those banana looking things they serve at Cuban restaurants? Are you talking about something different, or are the plants that common?

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from joseph fisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Yea, plantain is that too, but that's not what I'm talking about. I live in PA and it grows wild in my yard.

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from Bryan Hellwig wrote 16 hours 55 min ago

tyvek tape, the one they use for sealing seams on tyvek on homes..works great..

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from machinegunner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

well, I tend to wash stuff away like this with some gas on a rag, or bleach on a rag....technu for poison ivy helps remove types of itches... wash the heck out of it with lava soap or laundry detergent, something that will promote the loosening of stuff you got in there...its going to burn for a while... some ibeprofin may help afterward with swelling and inflamation...if you can see stuff pull out with tweezers, or use a scraper of sorts and try that...good luck

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

mG I could not add much to this except isopropyl alcohol, (not as toxic as gasoline)and benedryl for the itching.

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from santa wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

There are a number of home remedies for making fiberglass exposure more bearable. One that I have used with satisfactory results is to cover the area of skin affected with masking tape and then jerking the tape off. The micro fibers of fiberglass will stick to the tape and then get pulled out of the pores. Another method that works is to hot wax the area, but that is much more painfull that using masking tape. Yet if just left alone, the fibers will work their way out of the skin pores all on their own after a few days. Good old fashioned calamine lotion helps the itch.

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from jdwood wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I never had much luck and I've had it happen on more than one occasion. But, I've never had much luck getting it out other than letting it come out on its own. I usually just try to avoid itching it and it usually goes away in a day or two.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

santa

As a Retired Aerospace Structural Tech, Santa pretty much said it all. Only thing else I can think of is to use the same soap mechanics use to get the gritty gunk off there hands. The grit in the soap just might remove it. I remember when I was a kid in California, there is a plant that had super small hair like bristles that would stick i your skin and etch like hell. We used wet muddy sand on the ground around us to scrub to get it out and it worked pretty good

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from machinegunner wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

moishe, my old man used gas on a rag for a lot a things so that is my go to as well as I seem to always have it around. Bee sting, gas on a rag, poison ivy, gas on a rag...

I remeber washing my hands in gas to get the wheel bearing grease off... back in the day...

heck, I would use kerosene if its what I had to take the itch away...

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

In an emergency MG if that is the only possible solution I can understand, but gas and kerosene are both pretty toxic, my uncle kept lava soap for grease removal,in his shop. The masking tape I did not think of santa.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

I always put neosporin over it and let time do the work.

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from joseph fisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

A plant called plantain works well- check it out on google. You probably have some in your yard. Just chew it up and put it on. Works well for bee stings as well.

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from Greenhead wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Thanks for the tips, guys. I have gotten some relief from taking a benedryl and putting calamine lotion on the leg. That never occurred to me. Thought about the masking tape idea, but it is on my lower leg/knee and I am afraid the tape will take as much hair as it does fiberglass. For now, it is bearable enough to let it work its own way out.

Joseph Fisher, isn't a plantain those banana looking things they serve at Cuban restaurants? Are you talking about something different, or are the plants that common?

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from joseph fisher wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Yea, plantain is that too, but that's not what I'm talking about. I live in PA and it grows wild in my yard.

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from Bryan Hellwig wrote 16 hours 55 min ago

tyvek tape, the one they use for sealing seams on tyvek on homes..works great..

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