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Dr. Scott Bolhack
34 years experience in Wound care
Abrasion: Wash, antibiotic ointment, keep clean with cover bandage.

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience in Emergency Medicine
It's just a scratch: That's it, any time skin is scraped (or for example the cornea that is the sort of skin on the eyeball) it is called an abrasion.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Superficial peel: Microdermabrasion is a superficial peeling procedure that removes or lessens surface discoloration and sun damage. There is little or no recovery time ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Cleanse with soap.: Now apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a band-aid.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Rhodes
17 years experience in Ophthalmology
Rarely: Very rarely do corneal abrasions lead to a permanent loss of vision - this is usually from a subsequent infection that is not treated quickly. Usuall ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Technique: If you're rough with yourself, you can abrade yourself regardless of how often you enjoy your body in this way. Try some lubricant. Ask a few other gu ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience in Podiatry
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
39 years experience in Ophthalmology
Fine: Years ago the treatment for an abrasion was a pressure patch. But in recent years ophthalmologists have switched from patching to using a bandage con ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience in Sports Medicine
Yes: The corneal epithelium heals (reepithelializes) rather quickly. Minor abrasions will often heal in 24-48 hours. Antibiotics are often prescribed to pr ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Khachikian
20 years experience in Ophthalmology
Scarring: Corneal abrasions, if severe or untreated can lead to corneal infections and scarring which can cause vision loss.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Corneal scratch: K refers to 'kerato' which is medical terminology for the corneal. A k abrasion is a scratch or defect of the cornea, usually from trauma.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Very carefully: You have to be sure that you have every bit of debris from the road out of the rash, and this is hard to do if it is swollen and painful without an an ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
No: The body heals in it's own time.
A member asked:
Dr. Anthony Balcom
Specializes in Urology
Moisturize: Wash with soap and water, then consider applying a moisturizing lotion with vitamin E and aloe.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Moist.: Moist.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Trauma: Corneal abrasion is a loss of the skin on the surface of the cornea. It is very painful and usually the cause is obvious - a scrape to the eye from p ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Topical medication: An abrasion is a break in the skin of the cornea. It is painful and frequently lowers the vision. If persistent, you should see your ophthalmologist. ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic effective against some bacteria. Herpes is a virus, and Bacitracin has no activity against it.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Eye: Best to consult your doctor. Also for possible oral antibiotic.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Bayati
32 years experience in Wound care
Skin Abrasions: I would like to keep the wound environment clean and protected from germs. Therefore it is a general recommendation; cleanse the wound and use a clear ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Bacitracin is used to treat bacterial skin infections. Genital herpes is caused by the herpes virus, which is treated with antiviral medications.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Eye: Best to consult your doctor. Also for possible oral antibiotic.
A member asked:
Dr. Peter Duic
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Body fluid and blood: Is it really brown, or more orange / straw colored ? Abrasions are superficial wounds that penetrate the skin to the level of blood vessels. It may bl ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
The body heals: Bacitracin protects from infection while the body heals in 5-7 days.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
HIV is hard to get: I am not sure what you are really asking. Hiv is not caught in normal life settings. It is not caught from inanimate objects, from casual contact with ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not easy: w/out surgery. Basically, prevention by increasing skin hydration and elasticity is not well-proven but would make reasonable sense. All the treatmen ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Lewis
43 years experience in Urology
Yes: Abrasions can occur related to overuse (prolonged/frequent sex or masturbation) and trauma to the skin and not uncommonly in uncircumcised males in th ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Paul
38 years experience in Ophthalmology
Defect in front eye: A corneal abrasion is a name for a defect in the front surface (epithelium) of the clear window of your eye (cornea). Most are caused by trauma, and m ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tim Conrad
33 years experience in Ophthalmology
Yes: If the abrasion does not get infected, it will heal in a day or two. If it is not better by then, see an ophthalmologist.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Marged
43 years experience in Family Medicine
Helpful: Vasoline does not specifically "heal" anything. Our bodies do the healing. Vasoline is soothing and created a fairly waterproof barrier which may faci ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes: Minor scuff areas may heal naturally if bathed in normal tear film. When the come to a doc's attention, they are usually painful and deeper and deserv ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
No: Bacitracin is active against bacteria, herpes is a viral infection. There are other medications that help in controlling genital herpes.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Not common: Contact lens problems include overwear, infection, intolerance, eyedryness, and vascular ingrowth. Abrasion would not occur from these so the only li ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
Prevention: Avoid rubbing eyes/ trauma, protective eye wear, avoid foreign bodies, lubricating eye drops.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
See an opthamologist: See an eye doctor. A corneal abrasion usually causes reflex closing of the eye and it hurts so badly when the eye is open. Eye infections usually have ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
28 years experience in Pain Management
Get tested: For diabetes.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Diabetics: Mainly diabetics because of neuropathy, they lack sensation

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