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What's the treatment for a skinned knee or elbow?

Skinned knees and elbows are a part of an active lifestyle and can be cared for at home unless the abrasion is very messy:
  • Cleanse the scrape gently and thoroughly with slow-running tap water.
  • Apply a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to clean the area if desired.
  • Leave the abrasion uncovered unless exposure will lead to more contamination.
  • Allow scabs to form and do not remove them.
  • Use an icepack for immediate pain relief. (A bag of frozen peas or corn works well for this and can be reused as an ice pack. Be sure to label the package, so you don't eat the vegetables later.)
Skin abrasions on the knees and elbows should be washed with soap and water as soon as possible in order to prevent infection. Antibiotic ointment can then be applied, along with an adhesive bandage dressing. It is important to use protective pads to prevent injuries when there is a risk of falling onto the knees or elbows.

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