What is an abrasion?
Abrasions are a type of surface wound that are characterised by damage to the skin. They typically affect the epidermis - the outer layer of the skin. They do not usually reach the underlying dermis - the deeper layer of the skin.
Abrasions occur frequently, often as a result of falls or the skin coming into contact with rough surfaces. Some of the most common causes include bicycle accidents and accidents related to other outdoor activities, especially among children. Abrasions are common and can be painful, but they tend not to be very severe and are simple to treat.
How to treat abrasions
1. CLEANSEA clean and cleansed wound is the first step to an optimal healing process. After stopping the bleeding, cleanse the abrasion from dirt, bacteria and visible particles, using the Elastoplast Wound Spray to prevent infections.
2. PROTECTThe second step is to protect your abrasion from dirt and bacteria, in order to reduce the risk of infection. Gently dry the surrounding skin and cover the abrasion with a plaster, sterile wound dressing or compress from Elastoplast.
3. HEALThe third step involves helping your abrasion to heal safely, quickly and with a reduced risk of scarring. Apply the Elastoplast Wound Healing Ointment regularly until the abrasion has healed completely.
How long do abrasions take to heal?
Abrasions and children
Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or a burning sensation. Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website are by no means a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect that you have a health problem, consult a doctor and follow his or her medical advice, regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read and follow carefully both the instructions for use, and the leaflets that come with our products, before treating grazes and scrapes.
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