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Popping A Pimple On Shabbat

The Daily Halacha Moment - Popping A Pimple On Shabbat


״כל השונה הלכות בכל יום - מובטח לו שהוא בן העולם הבא״ (נידה עג ע״א, מגילה כח:)


“Anyone who studies Halachot every day is guaranteed that he is destined for the world-to-come” (Megilla 28b, Niddah 73a)


Question:

May on pop a pimple on Shabbat?

May one remove a splinter on Shabbat?


Answer:

A person who has a pimple that is causing him pain may pop it on Shabbat either with a needle or with his nail in order to withdraw pus.[1] This is permitted even if a little blood will come out as well. However, one should not press on the place of the pimple after it has been opened.[2]


Similarly, It is permitted to extract a splinter on Shabbat even with the use of a needle or tweezers. This is permitted even if one knows that some blood will come out in the process. If possible, one should try to remove the splinter in a manner that no blood will be drawn.[3]


Adapted From R’ Yonatan Nacsons “Laws Of Shabbat, vol. 2, p. 308


Sources:

[1]. Shulchan Aruch 328:28.

[2]. Mishnah Berurah 328:88; Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 402.

[3]. Chazon Ovadia, Shabbat, vol. 3, p. 74; Halichot Olam, vol. 3, p. 208 and vol. 4, p. 26.


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