Bruises and Scrapes
Scrapes, minor cuts, and bruises happen easily and usually heal on their own without any medical attention. However, there are times when a bruise or scrape may require you to take a trip to urgent care.
When it comes to minor injuries like these, we advise you to do everything you can to ensure it doesn’t become infected, which could lead to more serious complications. Be sure you wash your hands and the wound with antibiotic soap and clean water at least twice daily. Keep the wound covered with clean dressings or bandages. Change the dressings at least twice daily. Take precautions to ensure no blood borne illnesses or other infections are spread. If you or your child has sustained a bruise or scrape and you think it needs to be looked at by a doctor, please come into Urgentology Care right away. In many cases, these injuries can be handled on your own, but if you have chronic health problems, especially diabetes, they can become very serious and require immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of Bruises and Scrapes
- Redness or swelling around the area that was injured or hurt
- Pain or irritation on the surface of the skin
If the above symptoms do not get better or go away completely in a few days, it may be in your best interest to visit urgent care. Some of the signs that the scrape or cut has gotten worse and become infected include:
- Redness and swelling
- Pus or drainage from the site of the wound
- High fever
- Red streaks around the wound
- Warmth around the wound
- Increased pain at the site of the injury
Important: If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room. Information in this site is not intended to be used as a diagnosis for your symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention or visit Urgentology Care.