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Skin Scrape Overview

Another name for Skin Scrape is Abrasions.

What is an abrasion?
A person with an abrasion has a scratch or scrape to the skin. 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 infection by bacteria that are on the skin surface. When layers of skin are removed, a skin infection may occur.

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

How does the doctor treat an abrasion?
Superficial 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 abdomen may require tetanus immunization or surgery.

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Last Updated: Nov 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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