Skinned knee or elbow – should not be a big deal
A skinned knee in itself does not pose much of a threat in itself, since skinned patches of tissue usually heal quickly. However, if you fail to attend to the injury properly, there is the possibility of it getting infected. This article will discuss different steps for treating the skinned knee.
A skinned elbow or knee is something that occurs quite frequently. What is more, almost every one of us has experienced it at least once in our lives, if not many times. Especially, when we were kids, since that is the time when we keep running around and falling. Skinning of the knee or the elbow is a relatively inoffensive type of injury. However, applying appropriate first aid and therapy on time is very important. Even when the injury is just a small one, say a bruise and skinning if the knee skin, the patient may end up with a large scale infection, if we fail to provide well timed therapy.
Some basic steps to be taken
The very first thing that needs to be done upon receiving the injury such as skinning of the knee or elbow is to clean the abraded area of skin. Start with cleaning the wound with pure tap water. If there is rough dirt on the wound, you should gently try to remove it as much as you can. Try to perform this in a very tender manner since it can be quite painful. After that, use soap foam to further cleanse the wound. Massage the wound shortly and tenderly in order to clean it better and then wash away the soap using lukewarm water.
In case there is a gaping laceration of the skin, the patient might need to have a couple of stitches. Visiting the doctor and receiving proper professional treatment is highly recommended in such instances. In case we are talking about a small injury, a surface bruising or mere skinning of the knee, the primary first aid procedure is perfectly sufficient. In case the laceration is bleeding, it needs to stop first in order for the patient to receive further treatment. Bleeding can be stopped using a paper towel and pressing it upon the injured spot in order for it to take in excessive blood.
What should be done next is cleaning the wound with some liquid disinfectant. The patient should expect some stinging. After that, you may or may not apply hydrogen peroxide or some first aid powder. After it has all dried properly, put a sterile cloth or a band aid over the injured patch of skin.