An Abrasion, often called a graze or scrape, is a type of open wound on an area of your body that sustained damage from scraping or other trauma. Abrasions are very common injuries. An example of an abrasions are falling off a bike and scrapping your knees and elbows. While most abrasions can be treated at home with the steps listed below, some parents and other patients may feel more secure with our Medical Team's care.
Types of Abrasions
First Degree - involves the scraping of skin only
Second Degree - involves skin and may bleed slightly
Third Degree - involves skin, bleeds more freely and may have damage to the subcutaneous layer of tissue under the skin. This is also called an avulsion.
Basic Steps for Treatment When You Get An Abrasion
1. Clean and wash your hands with soap and water
2. Rinse and clean the abrasion for foreign objects such as dirt, rocks, etc.
3. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment
4. Protect and cover the abrasion using non-stick gauze whenever possible