Injury grazes caused by accidents such as slips, trips or falls tend to be minor and only scrape a few layers of skin off. Sometimes they will bleed but usually they only require a clean and sometimes a plaster. However, occasionally these grazes become infected and turn nasty.
How can a slip, trip or fall graze become infected?
The main cause of a graze becoming infected is dirt or bacteria getting into the wound. This could be dirt that became lodged in the graze at the time of the slip, trip or fall. Alternatively it could be dirt or bacteria that‘s worked its way into the graze whilst it is healing.
What to do if the graze becomes infected?
The most important thing you need to do is to clean the trip injury no matter whether it is a cut or graze. You may need to clean it a few times depending on the severity of the infection. If the graze is weeping this is a good sign as it means your body is helping to flush out the infection. If needed cover the graze to stop any more bacteria getting in. However, try to keep the graze uncovered as much as possible as this will help it to naturally scab over a form a protective barrier so. If the infection does not heal up then seek medical advice.
How to prevent a slip, trip or fall injury graze becoming infected in the first place?
As soon as the slip, trip or fall occurs ensure you wash the graze thoroughly to remove any dirt or bacteria from the wound. Make sure there is nothing in the wound such as gravel and apply a plaster initially especially if clothing will be covering the graze. However, if possible keep the graze uncovered if there is no risk that dirt will be able to get into it as this will help the healing process.
Slips, trips and falls can range from a small graze to a major trip injury which could need medical attention. If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in accident claims such as slip, trip or fall injuries. To find out more call us today on 24-hour Freephone number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice