DH got a huge splinter of wood jabbed into his left forearm while cleaning up construction debris yesterday. It sounds like it went pretty far in (maybe 1.5 - 2ins?) and it bled a good amount. The area around it, about 4-5 ins in diameter is now red, hot and swollen. Is it necessarily infected, or maybe the body is just fighting off the foreign particles? I'm not so worried about tetanus after reading here, but I don't want him to end up with a huge infection and on abx. He cleaned it off pretty well right afterwards, with water and iodine. I told him not to use neosporin, as I've read that it kills tissue along with the germs, thereby providing "fuel" for an infection and making it worse. I don't know if the iodine did the same thing? Should he soak it now? I was thinking maybe hot, salty water with a little tea tree oil to hopefully draw out anything harmful? Thanks in advance for any suggestions/info!!