Abrasions

ExitCare ImageAn abrasion is a cut or scrape of the skin. Abrasions do not go through all layers of the skin.

HOME CARE

  • If a bandage (dressing) was put on your wound, change it as told by your doctor. If the bandage sticks, soak it off with warm.

  • Wash the area with water and soap 2 times a day. Rinse off the soap. Pat the area dry with a clean towel.

  • Put on medicated cream (ointment) as told by your doctor.

  • Change your bandage right away if it gets wet or dirty.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • See your doctor within 24–48 hours to get your wound checked.

  • Check your wound for redness, puffiness (swelling), or yellowish-white fluid (pus).

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more pain in the wound.

  • You have redness, swelling, or tenderness around the wound.

  • You have pus coming from the wound.

  • You have a fever or lasting symptoms for more than 2–3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.

  • You have a bad smell coming from the wound or bandage.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.