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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
An abrasion is a wound on your skin. Abrasions usually happen when your skin rubs against a rough surface. Examples of an abrasion include rug burn, a skinned elbow, or road rash. Abrasions can be deep or shallow The wound may hurt, bleed, bruise, or swell.
Return to the emergency department if:
- The bleeding does not stop after 10 minutes of firm pressure.
- The redness around your wound begins to spread.
- You cannot rinse one or more foreign objects out of your wound.
Call your doctor if:
- 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.
Care for your abrasion:
- Wash your hands and dry them with a clean towel before first.
- Press a clean cloth against your wound for 5 to 10 minutes to stop any bleeding.
- Rinse your wound with 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 it gets wet or dirty.
Follow up with your doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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