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When does a scrape or cut begin to heal?

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Small cuts and scrapes will form a scab and heal within a few days. The scab helps protect the wound from dirt and germs while new skin grows underneath. Once a scab has formed, you may not need to use a bandage anymore.

Although a healing wound or scab will itch, it's best not to scratch or pick at scabs. The scab will fall off on its own without your help, revealing the new skin underneath.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Wounds."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches."

Merck Manual Home Edition: "Wounds."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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