A topical medication is a medication that is applied to a particular place on or in the body. Most often topical administration means application to body surfaces such as the skin or mucous membranes to treat ailments via a large range of classes including creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments.

Care for cuts and scrapes by running the area under cool water to reduce pain and clean the wound. Remove any visible dirt, splinters, pebbles, or debris. You may need tweezers to help. Wash the area surrounding the wound wish soap and a soft washcloth. Some people think you need to apply iodine for cuts and scrapes or alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. That is not true as these may sting and irritate the wound. Gentle, non-irritating soap and water should work fine.