Skin Abrasions – ROJoson’s Experience

Skin abrasions are scrapes or scratches of the superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis.
See the different layers of the skin.

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In January 18, 2017, after I got abrasions on my forearms, I wrote:

Immediate treatment of abrasions, regardless of degree (shallowness and surface area), is thorough washing to remove the dirt.  Ordinary soap and water will suffice.  There may be bleeding but cleansing should be continued to wash off the dirt as well as the blood. Bleeding usually spontaneously stops.

Depending on the degree of abrasion and amount of dirt presence in the wound, antibiotics may or may not be administered.  Antibiotics are usually needed for deeper abrasions and  when there is significant contamination with dirt.

Depending on the degree of abrasion, analgesics may or may not be administered.  Small abrasions with a patient’s high threshold for pain may not need analgesics.

As to coverage of abrasions with dressing, it is better to leave the wound open. The dressing will usually stick to the wound and there will be pain on removal of the dressing. The wound will dry faster without a dressing. Just promote a clean environment on the abrasion. Wash them as often as needed.

There is usually no need to have antitetanus injection.

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ROJoson’s abrasion on the right forearm incurred on January 18, 2017 after climbing and descending on a rugged wall.

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ROJoson’s abrasion on the left forearm incurred on January 18, 2017 after climbing and descending on a rugged wall.

Note: the abrasion on the left forearm is not as extensive as that in the right forearm.

How I treated my abrasions:

  • Cleansed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • No dressing.  No antibiotics.  Took paracetamol for pain on the left forearm. No antitetanus injection.
  • Watch and wait for healing and complications.

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January 21, 2017 (3 days after) – Right forarm

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January 24, 2017 (6 days after) – Right forearm

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January 27, 2017 (9 days after) – Right forearm

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January 30, 2017 (12 days after) – Right forearm

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January 21, 2017 (3 days after) – Left forarm

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January 24, 2017 (6 days after) – Left forearm

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January 27, 2017 (9 days after) – Left forearm

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January 30, 2017 (12 days after) – Left forearm

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March 2, 2017 : date of healing with very slight marks of injury: 40 days

Date of complete healing with no marks of injury: estimate 60 days.

 

ROJ@17jan27;17jan30;17mar2

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