“Go inside, wash up with soap and water, and grab the part that’s sticking out with a pair of tweezers,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Pull it out slowly in the direction that it got stuck in there. Apply antibiotic cream and a bandage. If a piece remains, don't go digging around -- your doctor can numb the area and remove it with less pain and damage. Call your doctor to ask if you need a tetanus shot (adults need them every 10 years).
See your doctor if: You can’t remove it or see signs of infection, such as pus, redness or red streaks around the wound.