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Treating a deep scrape

A scrape is a wound that does not go all the way through the skin but a deep scrape can cause severe pain and bleeding. This happens when the skin is inadvertently damaged or worn out such as hitting against a hard object, falls and being wounded by sharp objects such as knife.

Some people are susceptible to these injuries such as children. They can have minor skin injuries just by playing. Older people with delicate skin due to illness or medication are also susceptible to scrapes.

Symptoms and complications of a deep scrape

  • Fever
  • Discharge or pus from the scrape
  • Severe pain
  • Swelling, redness or warmth in the affected area



Once the debris is totally removed and there is bleeding, apply pressure on the affected area to stop the bleeding.

  • Taking medications that makes the skin dry and fragile such as prednisone
  • A weak immune system
  • Taking medications that reduce the clotting of blood such as warfarin
  • Diabetes


  • Wash hands properly before taking care of the wound. Use antibacterial soap in washing the hands.
  • Rinse the scrape using lukewarm water to remove debris in the area. Pour water continuously over the scrape for a few minutes at a time and check in between to make sure there is no more debris in the area.
  • Once the debris is totally removed and there is bleeding, apply pressure on the affected area to stop the bleeding. Use gauze, clean cloth or a towel and cover the wound and apply firm pressure for at least 10 minutes until the bleeding stops.
  • Once the bleeding has stopped, check the wound for extra debris in the skin. Use clean tweezers and gently remove remaining debris in the wound. Avoid digging the tweezer deep into the wound to prevent further damage and worsen the condition. Rinse the wound again using warm water to get rid of the blood in the area. Apply an antiseptic solution over the wound such as peroxide, alcohol or povidone-iodine solution.
  • Apply the prescribed antibiotic cream on the scrape to prevent infection. It also keeps the area moist.
  • Bandage the wound using gauze or large bandage and secure using a medical tape to prevent debris, germs and particulates from infecting the wound. Change dressings at least 2-3 times every day. Avoid leaving the dressing in the affected area more than 24 hours.
  • If the wound becomes infected, get a tetanus vaccination to fight the infection. This vaccination is usually given every 10 years.
  • If the area is severely infected, take the prescribed antibiotics.

Disclaimer / More Information

The material posted on this page on a deep scrape is for learning purposes only. Learn to provide proper wound care for a deep scrape by taking a first aid and CPR class with one of our training providers.

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