An abrasion is a minor injury, which can occur when you brush up against a rough surface or sharp objects.
An abrasion covers surface area of the skin (only epidermis), but does not penetrate all the way through skin. Thin-skinned bony areas such as knees, ankles and elbows are more prone to abrasions than thicker or padded parts of the body.
Minor abrasions and scratches can be treated at home. The general treatment of abrasion includes cleaning the abraded area with a mild soap or antiseptic and application of an antibiotic ointment with a dry dressing to cover it.
If you don’t take care of small wounds and abrasions, they may cause problems. Here is how you must care for skin abrasions yourself.
[Read: Home Remedies for Skin Abrasion]
When to Call the Physician
Most abrasions don’t need a doctor's care. However, you should see a doctor if:
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