A skin abrasion refers to a shallow or superficial wound that affects the epidermal layer of the skin. Skin abrasions are very common and can be sustained from doing normal daily activities such as cooking or playing sports. They can be mild (also known as scrapes or grazes) or severe (removes all layers of the skin). Mild cases can be managed with home remedies by simply washing the wound with soap and water and applying antibiotics. On the other hand, more serious cases, such as deep abrasions that put the patient at risk of infection, require medical attention.
Patients are encouraged to seek medical attention if the wound is on their face, the cut is deep and requires stitches to close, and there are debris and dirt stuck in the wound. Medical attention should also be sought if the patient has a punctured wound or cut and has not had a tetanus shot in the last five years and if the bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes.
Getting treatment for a skin abrasion while you are in Southeast Asian countries, such as Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia, is quick and easy. The majority of hospitals in these countries have 24-hour emergency services that are staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses who are ready to provide immediate treatment. They are also equipped with advanced equipment and imaging technologies that may come in handy if doctors need to fully assess the extent of your wound.
Skin abrasions are treated using different techniques depending on many factors, such as existing conditions like diabetes. Treatment involves cleaning and closing the wound with stitches, sutures, or skin glue. A tetanus booster and antibiotics may also be given and bandages or dressings may be used.