If you’ve ever scraped your knee on a pavement, you already know how unpleasant it looks and feels. That’s an example of an abrasion. It happens to be the most common form of an abrasion.
Abrasions are usually painful and bleed immediately. Often, they’re superficial and may not need so much, still, it doesn’t mean it should be neglected and not paid attention to. It especially should be treated to prevent infection and encourage optimal healing.
How do you get an abrasion to heal fast? There are lots of ways to help an abrasion heal fast while also warding off harmful bacteria including through your diet, essential oils and some household items.
What Is an Abrasion?
An Abrasion is simply a superficial rubbing or wearing off of the skins surface, often caused by friction of skin against a surface. Abrasions may involve the epidermis and often times the dermis may be affected to.
Abrasions are often minor skin injuries that can be handled at home. There are basic first aid instructions that should be followed as this will help keep the abrasion from getting worse or bleeding excessively.
There are abrasions called raspberries/strawberries/road rash which are typically bright red and painful but generally only involve the outer most layer of skin (the epidermis). A more traumatic abrasion that removes all layers of skin is called an avulsion , which always warrants emergency medical care.
How long do abrasion wounds take to heal?
Often, abrasions take a very short time to heal while more sever abrasions can take weeks or sometimes even months to heal completely.
Causes of Abrasions
There are lots of causes of skin abrasions. Generally, abrasions happen as a result of a friction between your skin while it scrapes against a surface that is rough. The friction causes part of your skin to be rubbed away to some degree.
Most of the time, abrasions have an effect on the skin surface, known as the epidermis. One of the most common causes, as we have mentioned, is falling and scraping your knee on a pavement.
Natural Ways to Treat Abrasions at Home
1. Up Your Zinc Intake
Zinc is an important nutrient in matters concerning healing skin injuries. Being deficient in zinc could slow down wound healing process. One scientific article says that zinc plays a vital role in the regulation of every wound healing phase. Researches believe that zinc could help greatly advance the treatment and care of wounds that are difficult to heal.
To boost your zinc intake, go for foods that are rich in since like pumpkin seeds, kefir, cocoa powder, grass-fed beef or even supplements.
2. More Vitamin C
Another major nutrient that will help heal wounds is vitamin C. Vitamin C play a huge role in all of the wound healing phases, its ability to manufacture collagen useful to this cause .
Lots of foods contain Vitamin C, they include bell pepper, guava, kale, kiwi, parsley etc. You can also supplement with vitamin C.
3. Avoid Foods that Slow Healing
There are some foods you’ll want to avoid if optimal healing is your goal, including:
Alcohol: Can increase inflammation, which is counterproductive to healing.
Sugar and refined grains: Promotes inflammation and slows healing.
Processed foods: Often contain hydrogenated oils, chemicals, dyes and other questionable additives, which can slow wound healing.
4. Consume More Collagen
Did you know that collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the body. It gives your skin structure and is also a major part in healing wounds as it helps new skin come back. Topical use of collagen in wound dressings is known to encourage new tissue growth.
Internal use of collagen may also encourage wound healing. To get more collagen in your everyday diet, you could make homemade bone broth or you could take a protein powder made from bone broth which is rich in collagen.
5. Use Essential Oils
To naturally get rid of infection, essential oils like rosemary oil and tea tree oils help. These essential oils possess antibacterial properties against a wide variety of fungi and bacteria.
Before using an essential oil, remember to always dilute it with a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Coconut oil will help increase the skin’s moisture level, which is ideal for healing.
6. Topical Honey Application
Honey helps to clean a wound, reduce signs of infection, hasten healing process and even reduce pain. According to research, honey’s antiseptic effectiveness is useful in wound dressing. It’s even more mind blowing that honey actually reacts with body’s fluids to make hydrogen peroxide, making it uninhabitable for bacteria.
To use for abrasions, simply apply a high quality honey topically onto the affected area or in a dressing. You could also create an easy homemade salve by mixing raw honey with olive oil and adding antibacterial essential oils like tea tree to the mix.
Certain precautions should be taken when undergoing any treatment using these home remedies. Plus, not all abrasions can be handled simply with these home remedies. In some cases, you will have to speak with a physician.
Seek medical attention for abrasions that:
• Are in the eye (corneal abrasion), close to the eye or on the face
• Contain embedded debris such as gravel or dirt
• Show signs of infection including increased pain, warmth, redness, swelling, odor, drainage or red streaks around the wound
• If you have any weeping wounds, this can be a sign of healing if it occurs initially, but it’s a good idea to soak up that extra fluid so it doesn’t become counterproductive to the healing process. And again, never pick at a scab since this can lead to an infection and/or scarring.
• Discontinue use of essential oils or any other natural remedy if sensitivity develops. In general, always keep essential oils away from your eyes and other mucous membranes. Check with your healthcare provider before using any natural remedies including essentials oils if you are pregnant, nursing, are receiving treatment for a medical condition or are currently taking medication.