What are Cuts and Abrasions?
Cuts and abrasions are common injuries that occur in everyday life. They can range from mild to severe in degree of severity. Abrasions can be painful because they expose many nerve endings in the skin. They rarely cause major bleeding, however, and can be treated at home.
Cuts and abrasion wounds must be properly treated to avoid infection and promote rapid healing. The injury may heal at a different rate depending on factors such as a person’s overall health, age, and diet. People with weakened immune systems, diabetes, medications that cause skin dryness and fragility, and the elderly with thinner skin are considered at greater risk.