Caring for grazes

Grazes are damages to the upper layers of skin caused by friction. They mostly occur on the legs, arms, hands or hips. Grazes rarely bleed profusely, but they hurt, often weep heavily and are prone to infection.

Graphic representation of hand washing as a wound treatment step in the Leukoplast wound care advisor.

1. Wash your hands:

Wash and dry your hands thoroughly.
Graphic representation of a running tap to illustrate the rinsing of the wound as a wound treatment step in the Leukoplast wound care advisor.

2. Clean the wound:

““Clean the wound under drinking-quality running tap water.
Note: Avoid using antiseptic as it may damage the skin and slow healing.” 1
Graphic representation of a hand absorbing fluid with a cloth to illustrate drying of the wound as a wound treatment step.

3. Dry the skin:

Pat the area dry with a clean towel. 1
Graphic representation of a hand pressing a compress on a wound to illustrate the stopping of the bleeding as a treatment step.

4. Stop the bleeding:

“If the wound is bleeding, apply gentle pressure to the area with a clean gauze bandage or cloth and elevate until the bleeding stops.” 1
Graphic representation of a hand applying a wound dressing to another wrist to symbolise covering the wound as a treatment step.

5. Dress the wound:

Apply a sterile adhesive dressing. 1
The dressing can be changed daily if necessary or whenever it becomes wet or dirty.
Keep the wound dry by using waterproof dressings, which will allow you to take showers. 1

When to seek medical advice

A visit to a healthcare professional is necessary if

  • you can't stop the bleeding
  • you're bleeding from an artery
  • you experience persistent or significant loss of sensation near the wound or you're having trouble moving any body parts
  • you have a severe cut to your face
  • you have a cut on the palm of your hand and it looks infected
  • there's a possibility a foreign body is still inside the wound
  • the wound is very large or the injury has caused a lot of tissue damage 1

When was your last tetanus vaccination? Please consult a healthcare professional to consider a tetanus booster 2

How to recognise an infected wound

  • becomes more painful
  • is warm to touch
  • looks red or swollen
  • leaks pus or blood
  • has an unpleasant smell
  • general deteriation, feeling unwell
  • If you notice signs of sepsis 3

Please contact your healthcare practitioner if you experience any of the above.

When in doubt, see a medical expert

Many common wounds can be dealt with at home. But when should a doctor be consulted? Scroll down for more information!

Pictogram showing a medical expert.

Medical references

1 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cuts-and-grazes/

2 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tetanus/

3 International Wound Infection Institute (IWII) Wound infection in clinical practice. Wounds International 2016

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