An abrasion is a superficial damage, otherwise known as a cut or scrape to the upper layer of the skin, which is called the epidermis. It can cause slight bleeding or a skid mark. Either way, an abrasion, if left untreated, can become infected especially in children. There are several home remedies that can treat abrasions naturally. When the skin is open evenly slightly it allows airborne objects like dust and pollen to invade it. Typically, someone who works outdoors or children who play outside a lot will see an even small abrasion turn into an infection because of dirt that infests the cut.
Treating an abrasion is easy. There are several natural cures and home remedies for abrasions. Aloe, a known antibacterial and anti inflammatory has been around for centuries. Aloe Vera will soothe a wound no matter how superficial and clean the abrasion. Lavender oil is another easy to find and quick cure for healing a wound and cleaning an abrasion. Many people will choose coconut oil because of it’s healing properties. It also helps by forming a thick layer over the abrasion. By forming a layer over an abrasion it stops microorganisms found in dirt and in the air from entering the wound.
Cleaning an abrasion is crucial to stopping infection. Aqueous juice of garlic helps to relieve infection and cleans an abrasion effectively. Isopropyl Alcohol mixed in with a teaspoon of iodine is another home remedy that has proven beneficial to effective cleaning and treatment of an abrasion. By using these two units together, you have created an ideal antiseptic wash for even the toughest abrasion.
Determining Home Remedies for Abrasions
Before cleaning and treating an abrasion at home be sure to first determine if the abrasion is deep enough that it would require stitches. If an abrasion continuously bleeds without stopping and appears deep it is always best to consult with your physician prior to administering any topical aides or home remedies for abrasions. If an abrasion is deep enough to require stitches it can easily contain particles that are trapped like when falling on asphalt. Another important thing to consider is when your last tetanus shot was administered by your doctor. Anything that has cut you containing rust should always be considered as exposed to tetanus and you should consult your physician on your last tetanus.
If you feel confident or have already been treated by your doctor, natural remedies containing antiseptics like garlic as mentioned above will clean and help promote healing. Thyme tea or thyme oil also helps to both heal and disinfect an abrasion and is a great herbal remedy to treat a cut. Tea tree and Comfrey can be used to create ointments that promote healing of wounds. Calendula is often used because it promotes new skin growth.
It is always best to start with cleaning the abrasion first and removing any foreign matters within the surface before treating with a home remedy. Cleaning regularly at least 3 times a day will greatly reduce the risk of infection. After cleaning the affected area use a topical solution like the coconut oil and then cover with a sterile band-aid or gauze pad. Both can easily be found at your local grocery store. Watch for redness, swelling or lines that erupt from the abrasion. If the abrasion starts to ooze fluids or develops blister like pockets this indicates an infection and medical attention should be sought after immediately.
If you properly clean and treat your abrasion you will minimize the risk of infection. Natural cures for abrasions and home remedies have been around for centuries and more often times than not do not require immediate medical treatment by a doctor. If you are allergic to any of the cleaning properties mentioned throughout this article or have other health conditions, always consult with your Physician prior to stating any home remedies or regimens.