Sir.—Having read the letter by Hennes1 in the June 1988 issue of AJDC regarding removal of cactus spines, I wish to offer another remedy that was recommended to me some 20 years ago by a nun at the Mission of San Luis Obispo.
Simply, take some adhesive tape or some cellophane tape and place it over the area of cactus spines. Remove the tape, and the spines will easily come out too. The process is safe, is virtually painless, and may be repeated as needed.
COOPER LI. Removing Cactus Spines. Am J Dis Child. 1988;142(11):1140. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1988.02150110018009