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Minor Cuts, Scrapes, and Skin Wounds

  • Abrasions
    An abrasion is a superficial rub or wearing off of the skin, usually caused by a scrape or a "brush burn." Abrasions are usually minor injuries that can be treated at home.
  • Blisters in Children
    Detailed information on blisters, including cause, first-aid, and treatment
  • Bruises
    A bruise is a collection of blood underneath the skin that is caused by trauma to an area of the body. Sometimes, enough bleeding occurs so that a lump also forms.
  • Lacerations With Stitches
    Stitches, also called sutures, are special types of thread that hold the edges of a wound together while it heals.
  • Lacerations Without Stitches
    A laceration is tear or opening in the skin caused by an injury. Some lacerations are small and need only minor treatment at home.
  • Puncture Wounds
    A puncture wound is a deep wound made by a sharp object. This type of wound may become infected easily because dirt and germs are carried deep into the tissues.
  • Small Cuts and Scrapes
    Wash the cut area well with soap and water, but do not scrub the wound. A dirty cut or scrape that is not thoroughly cleaned can cause scarring.
  • Splinters
    A splinter is a sharp sliver of wood, glass, or other debris that is lodged underneath the skin. Removal of small, superficial splinters can usually be done at home.