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Help with Road Rash(9 posts)

Help with Road Rashcincy1
Jul 18, 2003 7:55 AM
I crashed earlier this week for the first time in four years. No serious damage fortunately but I've got a healthy amount of raw road rash on my leg and butt. I'm keeping it clean, covering it in Neosporin and dressing it with pads a couple of times a day. When do you stop with the dressing and allow it to dry out? Are they any medicinal or homegrown products that help speed the healing process? Any other secrets on this subject?

By the way, I whacked my head pretty hard also. The helmet took it all and I didn't feel a thing. Confirms my committment to wearing the thing.
this is what I did, seems to be workingNigeyy
Jul 18, 2003 8:16 AM
1. I showered asap (about 20mins after I crashed) and scrubbed with soap the road rash. Yep, it hurt!

2. Cleaned the site with an antiseptic wipe (yep, that hurt too!).

3. Since I was at work that day, I just left it alone -at home later that day I put antibacterial cream (bateriol or something? It was over the counter stuff) all over and went to bed with the stuff on.

4. Haven't applied any more dressings, and fortunately it's not been oozing. I've let it breathe as much as possible.

I sympathize -I crashed earlier this week, and road rash is not too pleasant. I wish you a speedy recovery. I totally echo your sentiments about your helmet too, mine was a total writeoff.
tegaderm_rt_
Jul 18, 2003 8:17 AM
clean up the wound(s), don't put any ointments on, put tegaderm over the wound, let it heal. makes showering much more pleasant too since it is water-proof.

or, just keep the wound covered as long as you can. wounds that are covered heal much more quickly than those left open to dry.

vitamin E also helps healing and reduces scaring.

rt
tegadermcincy1
Jul 18, 2003 8:49 AM
Thanks! I guessed there would be a convenient dressing for this type of wound. I'm going to pick some up on the way home.
Road rash...Zenith
Jul 18, 2003 9:12 AM
It seems as if I always get road rash on the same spot when I crash; the outside of my right knee and shin.

The first time the "grain" of the road rash seemed to run across my leg. I just let it scab over and heal. The second time the "grain" went down my leg and was much deeper. I kept it coated with neosporin (sp) and gauze pads until it was almost totally healed.

I thought that I had made out with no scaring at all until I got really tan. I little white scars that are visable now, but only the ones that go across my leg from the first time when I just let them scab over.

The moral of the story? Its a total pain to keep the road rash un-scabbed, creamed, and, covered, but if you don't want scars, it really seems to help.

Hope you heal fast,
Z
made by 3M_rt_
Jul 18, 2003 10:02 AM
you should be able to find it at your local drugstore/grocery. great stuff. unfortunately it doesn't stick well to problems spots like the palm of your hand or your face.....not that i would know anything about that. ;-)

heal quickly!
rt
check out www.bravesoldier.com (nm)markkar
Jul 18, 2003 9:34 AM
I second TegadermSadlebred
Jul 18, 2003 10:23 AM
I second the Tegaderm. You can get it at most pharmacies and drug stores. Don't go for the cheaper brands as they are not the same. Most drug stores carry only one or two sizes of Tegaderm. If you have a large area of road rash, medical supply stores (look in the Yellow Pages) carry different and larger sizes of Tegaderm.

Duoderm is much more expensive than Tegaderm but is supposed to help the wound heal faster. Although you can leave Tegaderm on for a few days, Duoderm can stay on until the wound is healed.
Help with Road Rashcoonass
Jul 18, 2003 1:26 PM
http://www.arniebakercycling.com/free_pdf_articles/fa_road_rash.pdf is a good article on RR and as mentioned, Brave Soldier has some good info: http://bravesoldier.com/healing_road.rash.htm
I have a tube of it, but fortunately I haven't had an opportunity/reason to use it :)