Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview

Abrasion of the Face Overview

What is an abrasion of the face?
A person with an abrasion of the face has a scratch or scrape to the skin on the face. 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 face?
Symptoms of a face abrasion include minor bleeding, pain around the abrasion, and skin tenderness.

How does the doctor treat an abrasion of the face?
Superficial face abrasions 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 of the face may require tetanus immunization and surgery.

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