First Aid/Hand Injury


In netball i was pushed to the ground putting my hands out in front to stop a head injury. But i then scraped a load of skin off my hand, around this area it is swelled and looks quite bruised, i had a bandage over it as when pressure is put onto it it eases away a bit of the pain. It looks like a quite a few layers of skin have gone from this section and i am just wondering if you know how long it will take for it to heal. Also do you know what the swelling and the bruising is as its quite painful.

Thank you

Hi Millie;

Based on your description, you should begin to see initial healing in 2-3 weeks. Once the abrasions begin to heal, you can add some antibiotic ointment on the bandages to promote healing and reduce any infection. The swelling and bruising are directly related to the injury. The bruising/swelling indicates that minor bleeding has occurred as a result of the injury and should also begin to subside as the healing process progresses.

Better to land on your hands than you head..

Hope this helps.


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