brush burn


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.

brush burn

a burn caused by friction of a rapidly moving object against the skin or ground into the skin.
A type of mechanical burn caused by rope. Natural fibre rope tends to cause worse burns

brush burn

A combined burn and abrasion resulting from friction.

Treatment

Loose dirt is carefully brushed away and the area is cleansed with soap and water. An antiseptic solution or ointment is applied and covered with a dressing. Tetanus toxoid or antitoxin is given if required. A brush burn is also informally called a “road rash” as in the case of a motorcyclist who slid across the pavement.

See also: burn
Mentioned in ?