What is an abrasion?

    An abrasion is a scrape on your skin. It happens when your skin rubs against a rough surface. Some examples of an abrasion include rug burn, a skinned elbow, or road rash. Abrasions can be many shapes and sizes. The wound may hurt, bleed, bruise, or swell. 

    How can I care for my abrasion?

      Wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel

      Press a clean cloth against your wound to stop any bleeding

      Rinse your wound with a lot of clean water. Do not use harsh soap, alcohol, or iodine solutions

      Use a clean, wet cloth to remove any objects, such as small pieces of rocks or dirt

      Rub antibiotic ointment on your wound. This may help prevent infection and help your wound heal

      Cover the wound with a non-stick bandage. Change the bandage daily, and if gets wet or dirty

    When should I seek immediate care? 

      The bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of firm pressure

      You cannot rinse one or more foreign objects out of your wound

      You have red streaks on your skin coming from your wound

    When should I contact my doctor? 

      You have a fever or chills

      Your abrasion is red, warm, swollen, or draining pus

      You have questions or concerns about your condition or care


    You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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