Herbal remedy for abrasions

Abrasion or scratches are something that all of us are quite familiar with as right from our childhood we would definitely have had our share of cuts, scratches or abrasions. To define this phenomenon- an abrasion is a kind of superficial damage done to the skin, generally not deeper than the epidermis. Our skin as we know is made of two layers- the epidermis or the outer layer which provides protection and the dermis or the deep inner layer, which provides the firmness and flexibility of the skin. Abrasions typically refer to an injury that removes these layers of skin. This is a result of some sort of friction that causes the skin to rub off. The more the friction, the more intense the abrasion is. However, it is shallower than an excoriation, although it can give mild bleeding. Mild abrasions are also known as grazes and they don’t leave any scar, but deep abrasions might result in a scarring tissue. 

 If the wound is bleeding, try to stop the bleeding by pressing a clean, soft cloth against the wound. If the wound isn't very bad, the bleeding should stop in a few minutes.

The next step would be to protect your skin from being infected. An infection happens when there are too many germs for your body's white blood cells to handle. Infected wounds may hurt, look red and swollen, and contain pus, a yellowish or greenish thick liquid. Clean the wound with mild soap water or a mild antiseptic. The main aim should be to make the area completely disinfectant. If necessary, use clean gauze to gently scrub the area. However, be careful; don’t scrub forcefully, as this can cause more tissue damage. Once cleaned, use soap water or a mild antiseptic and then cover the area with an antibiotic ointment and a dry dressing. Use a semi permeable dressing to cover the wound and attach the dressing to dry healthy skin with adhesive tape.

You can also use nontoxic surfactants such as 0.9 sodium chloride or Shur-Clens to irrigate the wound. If you are uncertain when you had your last tetanus shot or if your last booster was more than 10 years ago, you should get one.

People are generally seen as using hydrogen peroxide instead of any other antiseptic to disinfectant the wound. However, it has been found that the use of antiseptics such as hydrogen peroxide may actually cause harm to the tissue and interfere with the healing process. The dressing should be changed every few days. Also you should keep the wound moist until it has healed as a moist environment promotes healing, improves tissue formation, and protects the area from infection.

But very often, the cuts, scratches, and abrasions go away on their own, thanks to your body's amazing ability to heal itself. So, take the necessary steps accordingly. Take care of your skin.