Definition of Scrape

Scrape: An abrasion or cut caused by something rubbing roughly against the skin. To treat scrape, wash the area with soap and water, and keeping it clean and dry. Alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and iodine can delay healing and should be avoided. Seek medical care if you think that you might need stitches, as any delay can increase the rate of wound infection and may result in a more unsightly scar. Redness, swelling, increased pain, or pus indicate an infection that requires professional care.


Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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