If the fish hook is not deeply embedded, the string-pull method for removing a fish hook may be used. If removal of the fish hook is too painful, seek medical care. If the fish hook has more than one barb, cut all the barbs off or tape the other barbs so you do not get hurt again.
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Tie a piece of string, dental floss, or fishing line to the hook where it enters the skin.
While still pressing the hook down (barb loosened), jerk the string so that the hook shaft pulls the barb out of the skin. When the fish hook comes out of the skin, it may fly or flip out. Take care not to hurt yourself or a bystander with the loose fish hook.
Be sure to clean the wound to prevent infection.
Current as of:
November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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