Treat Abrasions Naturally

An abrasion, or scrape, is an often superficial skin wound. They occur mostly in the summer months when arms and legs are exposed. Most are shallow and don’t take off many layers of skin, but some can be deeper. Children are most susceptible to abrasions. Much like burns, there are levels of abrasions. A first degree abrasion is no deeper than the first layer of skin, the epidermis. A second degree abrasion can affect the dermis and epidermis and there may be a small amount of bleeding. Third degree abrasions also involve the subcutaneous layer, dermis and epidermis and may bleed significantly more. Some abrasions may leave scars.

 

How do I know if I have an Abrasion?

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Oozing or bleeding
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Mild fever
  • Itching

 

How can I prevent Abrasions?

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Have children, and adults, wear protective gear when engaging in sports and recreational activities.
  • If you are scratching a lot, cover your hands with mittens.

 

How can I treat Abrasions?

  • Stop bleeding by applying pressure.
  • Wash the wound, scrubbing gently if necessary to get out any debris, and use a gentle, unscented soap.
  • Use an ice pack to decrease any swelling.
  • Elevate the injury to reduce swelling.
  • Try a little lavender oil. It speeds up healing and decreases the chance of infection.
  • Don’t use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or iodine to clean the wound. Just gentle soap and water. These things kill off healthy cells and slow healing time.
  • Keep the skin moisturized.
  • Spread aloe vera gel over the wound to help speed up healing.
  • If you’re not comfortable using soap, try a solution of one part vinegar to three parts warm water as a cleanser.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin E to help speed healing.
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