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Most scrapes heal well with home treatment and do not scar. Minor
scrapes may be uncomfortable, but they usually heal within 3 to 7 days. The
larger and deeper the scrape, the longer it will take to heal. A large, deep
scrape may take up to 1 to 2 weeks or longer to heal.
It's common to have small amounts of fluid drain or ooze from a
scrape. This oozing usually clears up gradually and stops within 4 days.
Drainage is not a concern as long as there are no
signs of infection.
The way a scrape heals depends on the depth, size, and location of
the scrape. Whether a scrape heals with or without a scab does not affect the
healing time or the amount of scarring.
Some scrapes form a scab during the healing process. A well-formed
scab protects the scrape from more injury and infection. Once a scab is
formed, the scraped area usually remains dry and does not ooze fluid.
Some scrapes heal without a scab.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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