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Article
December 1987

Removal of Cactus Spines From the SkinA Comparative Evaluation of Several Methods

Author Affiliations

From the St Louis College of Pharmacy (Drs Martinez and Jerome and Mr Xander); the Cardinal Glennon Regional Poison Control Center (Dr Martinez and Mr Jaeger) and the Department of Pediatrics (Dr Barry), Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St Louis; and the Department of Pediatrics, St Louis Children's Hospital (Dr Jerome).

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(12):1291-1292. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460120053033
Abstract

• The removal of very fine cactus spines from the skin is particularly distressing for the pediatric patient. We describe two typical patients and a study in experimental animals comparing the effectiveness of several previously described methods for removal. The most effective method involved using tweezers to remove clumps of spines followed by a thin layer of glue covered with gauze, which was allowed to dry and then peeled off to remove individual spines Attempts to use adhesive tape or a thin layer of a commercial facial mask to aid in removal of the spines produced more retention and inflammation three days after removal than no treatment.

(AJDC 1987;141:1291-1292)

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