Caring for scratches

Scratches are common skin injuries. Luckily they are easy to treat. Learn how to take care of cuts and scrapes faster and reduce the risk of infection. 

What is a scratch?

Scratches are usually small, superficial and irregular wounds caused when objects like thorns or fingernails scrape along the skin. Scratches can be limited to the surface of the skin, or pierce a little further, sometimes drawing small amounts of blood, but are not typically deep. Scratches on the face or in other areas, as well as cat scratches, can come with their own risks, and preventing infections is always important. 

Treat scratches in three easy steps

  1. Clean

    A clean and cleansed wound is the first step to an optimal healing. After stopping the bleeding, clean your scratch from dirt, bacteria and visible particles. 
  2. Stick

    Next, cover the wound to protect it from dirt and bacteria to enable undisturbed healing. Gently dry the surrounding skin and stick a plaster from Hansaplast on your scratch.  
  3. Protect

    Change your dressing at regular intervals for to ensure that your wound is well protected at all times.  

How long does it take for scratches to heal?

Typically, scratches are very minor and will heal in a matter of days. Deeper scratches and those in certain areas, such as the face, could take a little bit longer to heal due to thinner or more sensitive skin. The same is true for older individuals with thinner or more delicate skin. It’s always best to keep an eye on the scratch and watch for signs of infection as this might delay the healing of your skin. 

How to care for cuts and scrapes on the face?

Scratches on the face require special attention as it is a particularly sensitive area. You may also apply a wound dressing or plaster to further protect the wound. In case you have a scratch near the eyes, or if you are uncertain regarding the correct treatment please consult a doctor.