What is a Graze Wound?
A graze wound, also known as a superficial abrasion, is a type of injury caused by the scraping of the skin against a hard surface. It is usually caused by a fall, a brush against a rough surface, or an object that scrapes the skin. Graze wounds are usually minor and can be treated at home with basic first-aid measures.
Graze wounds are typically shallow and may not penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. They can range in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. The affected area may be red, swollen, and tender. It may also be covered with a thin layer of blood or other fluid.
The treatment for a graze wound depends on its severity. Minor grazes can be treated with a basic first-aid kit, including antiseptic wipes, sterile gauze, and adhesive bandages. For more serious wounds, a doctor may need to be consulted.
In some cases, a graze wound can become infected if it is not properly treated. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pain, and pus. If an infection is suspected, a doctor should be consulted.
Graze wounds are common injuries that can be treated at home with basic first-aid measures. If the wound is not healing properly or is becoming infected, a doctor should be consulted.