Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Abrasion of the Hand Overview

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

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

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