In dermatology, an abrasion is a wound caused by superficial damage to the skin, no deeper than the epidermis. It is less severe than a laceration, and bleeding, if present, is minimal. Mild abrasions, also known as grazes or scrapes, do not scar or bleed, but deep abrasions may lead to the formation of scar tissue. A more traumatic abrasion that removes all layers of skin is called an avulsion.
Abrasion injuries most commonly occur when exposed skin comes into moving contact with a rough surface, causing a grinding or rubbing away of the upper layers of the epidermis.
- A first-degree- abrasion involves only epidermal injury.
- A second-degree- abrasion involves the epidermis as well as the dermis and may bleed slightly.
- A third-degree- abrasion involves damage to the subcutaneous layer and the skin and is often called an avulsion.
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