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Skin Avulsion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

Skin avulsion is a wound that happens when skin is torn from your body during an accident or other injury. The torn skin may be lost or too damaged to be repaired, and it must be removed. A wound of this type cannot be stitched closed because there is tissue missing. Avulsion wounds are usually bigger and have more scars because of the missing tissue.



Care for your wound:

Avulsion wounds may take longer to heal because they cannot be closed with tape or stitches. Keep your wound clean and protected to prevent infection and speed healing.

Support for leg and arm wounds:

You may need to use crutches if the wound is on your leg. You may need to use a sling if the wound is on your arm. Crutches and slings help protect the injured area, prevent further injury, and heal the area in the right position.

Follow up with your healthcare provider within 2 days or as directed:

If you have stitches, ask when to return to have them removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

Return to the emergency department if:

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