When should I seek emergency help for an abrasion?

Reasons to seek emergency help for an abrasion (scrape):
  • The abrasion is very dirty or messy. A professional will need to clean it thoroughly, especially if it contains embedded gravel or other foreign material. A thorough cleaning, which is necessary to reduce the chance of scarring or infection, may require pain-reducing medications.
  • The abrasion is the result of a serious injury or an accident.

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