Fish hooks are great for catching fish. They’re also really good at getting stuck in your hand if you aren’t careful.
It’s happened to almost every fisherman at some point. Those fishhooks are sharp, and when they get stuck in your skin, you’re going to feel it.
If you get hooked in sensitive areas like your eyes or face, seek medical attention immediately.
If you or someone else gets hooked in the hand, arm or leg, cut the line to keep the hook from getting further embedded. If only the point of the hook enters the skin and the barb has not taken hold, you can safely remove the hook by backing it out. If the barb becomes embedded, it’s best to let a physician remove it.
If medical help is not available, try this method:
- Tie a length of strong string to the bend of the hook.
- Press down on the shank of the hook to free the barb.
- Maintain pressure on the shank, and jerk firmly on the string in the direction the hook entered.
If the barb is visible above the skin, cut it off with wire cutters or pliers, and back the shank of the hook out through the entry wound.
After removing the hook, wash the area with soap and water and cover it with a dry adhesive or gauze bandage.
A fish hook injury becomes more serious if your tetanus immunization is not current.