A couple of weeks ago I got a splinter in my thumb. It was about 3mm long and big around as a sweing needle. It broke off clean at the skin level, but went in-between several layers of skin. There was no blood. Rather than pick at it, I cleaned the “wound” and kept a close eye on it.
As the days went by, I could see the outline of the splinter in my thumb. Some callous-like skin was forming around it, but it didn’t hurt, change color, or anything weird.
After about two weeks, the surface layer of skin began to peel. I removed the skin and could see the very end of the splinter. I grabbed a pair of tweezers and pulled the splinter out. It was no longer a recognizable piece of wood. It looked more like a piece of thread. I was able to remove the rest of the dead skin and reveal a small patch of new pink skin underneath. The spot is now almost completely healed. Another few days and you’d never know anything had happened.
So, what did my body do to the splinter?