How to remove burrs on fingers

Not only do the burrs look unaesthetic, they can also cause serious physical discomfort, cling to everything around, which often leads to pain, minor bleeding, and, if an infection is introduced, to abscesses. To avoid such problems, remove burrs on your fingers as soon as possible.

How to remove burrs at home?

In no case should you pull, tear off or bite off the burrs. This can lead to skin tears, sores, and infection. If you find a problem, and it causes discomfort, but there is no way to deal with it immediately, it is better to wrap your finger with a band-aid and be patient until you get home. Burrs need to be removed only when it is possible to do a manicure in compliance with the rules of antiseptics.


  1. Pre-steam your hands with a hot bath. The water should be as warm as possible, but not scalding. It is advisable to add sea salt or essential oils of tea tree, lemon or sage to the disinfection bath. Keep your hands in the bath for at least five minutes.
  2. Carefully cut off the burr with nail scissors, but being careful not to extend it and not further injure the skin. Do not pull back on the burr to remove it as close to the skin as possible.
  3. The remains of the skin that could not be cut with scissors, or small burrs that cannot be picked up with scissors, are removed with How to remove burrsusing special cuticle nippers (not to be confused with nail clippers).
  4. After the procedure, the skin must be lubricated with an antiseptic. If in the place where the burr was, the skin is inflamed or there is a wound, it is necessary to wash it with peroxide, chlorhexidine or saline and cover it with iodine or antiseptic ointment (Levomekol, Rescuer, etc.).

Thus, burrs are removed both on the fingers and toes, where they can also appear. Although on the hands, due to the greater number of traumatic factors, this problem is much more common.