Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Scrape of the Back Overview

Another name for Scrape of the Back is Abrasion of the Back.

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

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

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