Abrasions are skin scrapes. Their treatment depends on how large and deep the abrasion is.
You may be prescribed an antibiotic cream or ointment to apply to the wound. This helps prevent infection. Follow instructions when using this medicine.
You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control pain unless another pain medicine was prescribed. Talk with your healthcare provider before using these medicines if you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding. Don’t use ibuprofen in children younger than 6 months old.
Most skin wounds heal within 10 days. But an infection may occur even with treatment. So it’s important to watch the wound for signs of infection as listed below.
Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.
When to get medical advice
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of these occur:
Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Increasing pain, redness, swelling, or drainage from the wound
Bleeding from the wound that does not stop after a few minutes of steady, firm pressure
Decreased ability to move any body part near the wound
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