An abrasion is not the same as a cut or wound. It is usually less serious and consists of a layer of skin that has been rubbed or scraped away. When a person gets rug burn, they really have an abrasion. Any type of damage to your skin can cause scarring if it is not properly cared for. If you have an abrasion, there are a few simple steps you can follow to ensure that it heals correctly.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Antibacterial soap
- Soft cloth
- Petroleum jelly
Wash the area where you have the abrasion. Choose an antibacterial soap to get rid of any bacteria that may be present on your skin. Use a soft cloth so that you do not irritate the area.
Apply some petroleum jelly to the abrasion. This will keep the area from becoming too dry. It will also protect the area while it heals. This will reduce the chance that your abrasion will leave a scar.
Wrap the area up with a bandage. You can use a large adhesive bandage or a piece of gauze and some medical tape. Wrapping the area will keep further damage from occurring to the abrasion so that it can heal without scarring.
Take off the bandage after 24 hours and clean the area with soap and water. Reapply petroleum jelly and cover the area with another bandage. Repeat this process until the abrasion looks like it is healing and a bandage is no longer necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water each time you need to clean your abrasion or change the dressing. You don't want germs from your hand to get into the abrasion.
- Contact your doctor if the abrasion begins to swell or feel warm. These symptoms can indicate an infection.
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