Wound Dressings for Abrasions | Road Rash and Abrasion Treatment


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Abrasions or bruises are a common wound type which is more commonly seen in children. The slight tearing of the epidermal layer of the skin is called an abrasion. It is referred to as bruises in colloquial terms. Children are prone to bruises as they are more active on the field and playground where friction between the skin and stone, soil, or wood might result in an abrasion. They are characterized by slight pain, burning sensation, and little bleeding. There is a great possibility of an infection if the wound is not treated properly. The treatment of abrasions includes the use of patches, gauze pads, and moreover, adhesive bandages.

Types of Abrasions

  • First-Degree Abrasion - A basic epidermal injury that does not involve bleeding or severe pain
  • Second-Degree Abrasion - The dermal layer of the skin might also get damaged causing a little bleeding.
  • Third-Degree Abrasions - They are usually not called abrasions and there is a debate over this type. Some medical professional call them third-degree abrasion while some call them avulsions.

Complications in Abrasions

•Infections are one of the first complications of any wound injury
•There is a possibility that the wound might not heal
•The wound might get filled with pus and might start to smell bad
•Might turn into a lump of dead blood and skin cells

Wound Care for Abrasions

  • Abrasions tend to contain a lot of external debris such as dirt, dust, etc. Using a wound cleanser can help clean the abrasion efficiently while making sure that no external contaminants might complicate the wound. Using a swab stick or an applicator can ensure that the wound cleanser is cleanly and safely applied to the abrasion.
  • Dressing the wound includes using dressings that are non-fiber shedding. Absorbent dressings are great options for highly exuding wounds. You can also use non-adherent dressings to ensure atraumatic dressing changes. Antimicrobial dressings, silver dressings, and honey dressings are great for infection control and prevent and infectious complications in the wound.
  • Opt from a wide range of bandages to cover the dressing to protect the primary dressing and the wound. Bandages also help in securing the primary dressing as well as preventing any entry of external contaminants from affecting or complicating the wound.

Where to Buy Dressings for Abrasions?

At Shop Wound Care, we have the perfect products to treat abrasions, from top selling brands such as BSN, Mabis, Reliamed and many more.