Wound Care Minute: What’s the Difference Between Excoriation and Denuded Skin?

Published on December 24, 2016 by Keisha Smith, MA, CWCMS

Excoriation vs. Denuded: WCEI co-founder Nancy Morgan discusses these often-confused wound care terms


What’s the difference between excoriation and denuded?  I’ll tell you this in a Wound Care Minute.

Hi, I’m Nancy Morgan, co-founder of the Wound Care Education Institute, and today’s question is:  What’s the difference between excoriation and denuded?  Well, I’ll tell you.  Let’s start with excoriation.   What that is, is just linear erosion marks.  Just as if a cat scratched you.  Just a cat scratch, That would be a good example of that.  And also denuded, that is when you have a loss of epidermis and it’s related to, perhaps, wound drainage on the skin, feces, urine, even some friction.  Hope that helps!  If you have any questions you can email me at [email protected]  Thanks for watching, and keep healing!

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Wound Care Education Institute® provides online and onsite courses in the fields of Skin, Wound, Diabetic and Ostomy Management. Health care professionals who meet the eligibility requirements may sit for the prestigious WCC®, DWC® and OMS national board certification examinations through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®). For more information see wcei.net.

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