A to Z: Abrasion
May also be called: Scrape
An abrasion is a minor scrape of the skin that can be treated easily with proper cleaning and care.
More to Know
An abrasion (scrape) of the skin is usually caused by falling or rubbing against a hard surface. Cleaning immediately after the injury to remove dirt, sand, gravel, etc., is important. Keeping the wound clean until it heals will help to prevent infection.
Keep in Mind
An abrasion can be painful but will not need stitches. It's not likely to leave a scar, although the affected skin might take some time to return to its normal color.
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