Having a fish hook embedded in your finger is not only painful, removing the hook could also cause further injury. There is also a risk of infection. Here are some helpful tips on safely removing a fish hook from your finger.
Removing a fish hook
Start off by cleaning the area surrounding the fish hook injury with antiseptic fluid and wipes to minimise the risk of infection. Next, determine which direction of pulling out the hook is safest.
You can usually pull a fish hook straight out by grasping the hook’s shank with pliers and pulling into the opposite direction to how it went in if it:
- Is embedded only just below the skin, not deep enough to be in cartilage, muscles
- Fairly small
- Not barbed or just featuring a thin barb
- Involves shallow muscular punctures
To safely remove a hook that has gone a little deeper and is likely to damage muscles or tendons if you attempt to pull it straight out as described above, you should:
- Use a diagonal cutter or pliers to cut the hook’s shank, leaving enough of the
shank to allow you to grip it while pushing the hook
- Working in a curving direction, push the hook back out through the skin next to the
original point of entry
- Grip the hook’s point as it emerges through your skin and pull it out
- Apply topical antiseptic and a bandage to your wound
- Get your wound seen to by medical professionals as soon after your fishing accident as possible
- Make sure your tetanus shots are up to date
With deep punctures, there is a risk of causing serious tissue damage no matter which way you try to remove it. Wrap the hook carefully to prevent movement and seek medical attention immediately.
Other fishing dangers
Injuries by fishing hooks are not the only risk you face while fishing. Slips, trips and falls are also very common, as are insect bites and stings and sunburn. Minding your step, using insect repellents and applying plenty of sunscreen lotion are therefore of utmost importance.
Making a claim
If someone else caused you to suffer an injury by slipping, tripping or falling or any other kind of accident while fishing, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Call our 24/7 no-obligation Accident Advice Helpline freephone number 0800 689 0500 or, if you are making your call from a mobile, 0333 500 0993 today for more detailed information on when and how to claim for compensation.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice