What is an abrasion?

Abrasions are a type of surface wound characterised by damage to the skin that affects the epidermis but usually does not reach the underlying dermis. They can happen easily as a result of falls or rubbing against rough surfaces. Some of the most common causes include bicycle accidents or accidents related to other outdoor activities, especially among children. Abrasions are common and can be painful but aren’t usually severe and are simple to treat.
Cross section of a shallow abrasion
Back to top

How to treat abrasions

  1. 1. CLEANSE

    A clean and cleansed wound is the first step to an optimal healing. After stopping the bleeding, cleanse the abrasion from dirt, bacteria and visible particles with the Hansaplast Wound Spray to prevent infections.
  2. 2. PROTECT

    The second step is to protect your abrasion from dirt and bacteria to enable an undisturbed healing. Gently dry the surrounding skin and cover the abrasion with a plaster, sterile wound dressing or compress from Hansaplast.
  3. 3. HEAL

    In a third step, you can help your abrasion to heal safely, fast and with a lower risk of scarring. Apply the Hansaplast Wound Healing Ointment regularly until the abrasion has healed completely.
Back to top

How long do abrasions take to heal?

The healing time for abrasions will vary depending on their size and severity. In general, an abrasion will take several days to heal. It is important to follow a proper wound care routine in order to facilitate fast healing. This will help to prevent complications such as infections and reduces the risk of scarring. Read more about wound healing here.
Parent applying plaster to child's leg.
Back to top

Infected abrasions

Typical signs of an infection are redness, warmth, pain, swelling of the wound and occurrence of pus. Also, a fever may be a sign of an infection. If you believe that your wound may have become infected or if the wound seems to heal particularly slowly, please consult a doctor. To prevent infection, always make sure you take quick action by cleansing and protecting your wound as soon as it has occurred.
Back to top

Abrasions and children

Abrasions are most common among younger children who spend a lot of time playing outside. The best way to prevent scraped knees and elbows among kids is to always use proper knee and elbow pads during skateboarding or other outdoor activities with a high risk of falling. Bicycle falls are one of the most common causes of scrapes and wounds, but you can reduce the risk by teaching your child safe riding practices. It’s also important to warn kids that accidents may happen, to comfort them if they fall off their bike, and encourage them to get back on the bike as soon as possible! Use Hansaplast’s Disney STAR WARS™ or Disney FROZEN plasters with fun designs to put a smile back on your kid’s face.
Young boys with helmets sitting on skateboards
Back to top
Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. Please note that, although they were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice, regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products.
For further information, please contact us via email at Hansaplast@Beiersdorf.com