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What You Should Do If You Get a Fish Hook in Your Finger or Eye

It’s time for our favorite summer activities again! 

From dirt biking to fishing, our lovely city has many adventures awaiting.

Whether you are on the banks fishing for trout at Perkins Road Community Park or getting your gear pulled together for a fishing trip with your friends, accidents can happen!

Getting stuck with a fish hook is more common than you think. 

Can I Remove a Fish Hook Myself?

A fish hook injury can happen to even the most seasoned fisher. You may be wondering if fish hook removal is safe to do yourself. As a common rule of thumb don’t attempt to remove the hook if:

  • You are afraid to remove the fishhook.
  • The person who is injured is unable to remain calm and can’t help.
  • The fishhook is lodged in or near an eye. 
  • The fishhook is in a bone, joint, or deeply embedded in muscle tissue.
  • Removing the fishhook may cause damage to nerves or blood vessels.

You should seek immediate medical attention if a fish hook is embedded in the face, or in or near an eye. 

How to Remove a Fish Hook 

There are a couple of different methods to remove a fish hook. The most common technique is the “stream” technique or the “sting-yank” technique. 

Stream Technique 

This is a highly effective technique that is commonly performed in the field. It is believed to be the least traumatic technique because it creates no new wounds.

First Step

Make sure to remove any fishing line, bait, fish, or lure that is attached to the fishhook.

Second Step

This step is optional, but should you so desire, numb the area with cold water or ice for 2-3 minutes. 

Third Step 

Make a loop (about 6″ long) with strong fishing line (10lb+). Pass this over the eye of the fishing hook, and then to the top of the bend in the hook.

It is very important to have the line at the top of the bend, rather than the back of the bend. This will help you to avoid discomfort and pain. Should you place the line at the back of the bend, this will cause the barb on the hook to catch. 

Fourth Step 

Push the eye of the hook firmly down, so that it touches the skin. Continue to hold down while completing the next step. 

Fifth Step 

With a strong, and sudden yank on the line loop, be sure to pull up and away from the hook-eye. This should cause the hook to come out the way that it went in, without the barb catching. 

Final Step

Be sure to clean your wound properly with antiseptic. Cover your wound with a bandage to ensure dirt, and other foreign matter doesn’t enter the wound. 

If your wound will not stop bleeding you will need to see a medical professional. It’s possible that you may need stitches. 

Watch for Infection 

Keep an eye on your wound for indications of infection. Should you have any of the following symptoms see a medical professional as soon as possible to avoid further infection. 

  • An expanding redness around the wound
  • “Cloudy” drainage from the wound
  • Fever
  • Pus that is yellow or greenish-colored
  • An increase in pain, swelling or tenderness around the wound

Convenient Care When You Need It

Don’t hesitate to visit a medical professional for help. Coastal Urgent Care Baton Rouge is here for you 7days a week. Come visit us today!