Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Abrasion of the Arm Below the Elbow Overview

What is an abrasion of the arm below the elbow?
A person with an abrasion of the arm below the elbow has a scratch or scrape to the skin below the elbow. A superficial abrasion removes only the outermost layer of skin. A deep abrasion may remove all of the skin layers. Normally, the skin is a natural barrier to bacteria on the skin surface. When layers of skin are removed, a skin infection may occur.

What are the symptoms of an abrasion of the arm below the elbow?
Symptoms of an arm abrasion below the elbow include minor bleeding, pain around the abrasion, and skin tenderness.

How does the doctor treat an abrasion of the arm below the elbow?
Superficial arm abrasions below the elbow can be treated safely at home. Treatment includes cleansing the wound gently, removing dirt, applying antibiotic ointment, and covering the wound with a bandage. Large or deep abrasions below the elbow may require tetanus immunization and surgery.

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