My son got cactus stuck in his arm: any advice on how to remove them?

Ok so yesterday my son was outside with his grandma while she was gardening, he decided to hug a cactus with thin hair like thorns resulting in them going on his forearm, i tried taking them out with glue and gauze while he napped and didn’t work , i tried rubbing my hair against them didn’t work & i also tried warm water with soap . Its now a bit swollen and red on area , he doesn’t complain of pain anymore but you can feel them still …Any advice or tricks to help?


Uh… er? I can’t believe asking Facebook is a better choice then going to the doctor.


I’d call an after hours number or go to the ER.


I’ve used this for splinters,it MIGHT help with cactus too. You just snip the end off and from closed put it on skin and pull open


The er can do it much quicker and numb it.


I saw in an episode of Untold Stories of the ER once, a little girl fell into a cactus patch and had spines from head to toe. The doc ended up using an at home waxing kit and got them all out.


Used this for my son when he had cactus in the palm of his hand, I used wax paper to as the fabric and after a couple trys it worked

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The ER can help. Either showing up or calling and asking what to do and what would work best. Most times they would give advice before telling you to come in

tweezers, tape, u can also try cutting off the top of the infant syringe and use it to suck it out

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Elmer’s glue and gauze. My son fell on one and that’s what I did. Put a layer of glue down, put the gauze over it and press lightly so it sticks. Let it dry and peel off


Use a syringe ( without the needle of course) to suck them out. Works with splinters too

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Panty hose rubbed un circles worked on my arms when I fell into a cactus

Wax kit or put Elmer’s glue on his arm and let it dry

Wonder if a lent roller would be stick enough?

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Duck tape, happened to my mom’s brother when she shoved him on one as a kid.

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My son did something like that once. He soaked in really warm, almost hot, bath with a lot of Epsom salts. It drew them right out.

Bread and warm milk. It will bring them to the surface and pop out like a pimple.

A really sticky band aid then rip off quick.
My son stomped on a cactus when he was 2.
This worked

Call your doctor. make surenhe is not allerjic to cactus. and they will guide you

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Black salve. Drawing salve, pris. I’ve been told tea :evergreen_tree: oil. I use prid.