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How long does it take to heal road rash from a motorcycle accident?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Depends on severity: Road rash heals over time, with deeper or contaminated wounds taking longer to heal. Superficial scrapes heal up in 1 week. Little gouges into the skin take 2 weeks. Deeper gouges, especially if there is residual sand or debris inside, take longer . . . Maybe 3 weeks. Wounds with debris may get infected, so close follow-up with the doctor is important. Also, a tetanus booster shot may be needed.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Depends: Depth of skin loss can be through to fat and need grafting. Most are superficial and heal in 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
A few weeks: Depending on severity, like a burn, 2 to 6 weeks.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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