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Healing Road Rash
I have had road rash since christmas day but no asphalt got into it is there anyway of getting the scar off of my side without professional treatment?
Depends: Depends on how big, deep these scars are and which body part. As it turns out, I would likely have somebody take a look at the wounds/scars and make the best treatment choices. Honey, Neosporin would have been some early alternatives but perhaps a visual inspection will give you more information. Good luck ...Read more
I have I week old road rash from bicycle crash. Healing well, on Rx antibiotic. Very dry,burns extremely bad when I stand after siting. Use lotion?
Well, yes, but: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them and you'd want to watch for infection. Tightness occurs mostly when it is healing correctly. The ingredients in lotions and antibiotic cremes overlap significantly, and would moisturize but still protect from infection. ...Read more
Road rash two weeks ago healing up great doctor said in healthy but that my arms a little swollen but it doesn't hurt at all, maybe primary swelling?
How you heal: New small blood vessels don't have quite such thick walls as they do when they mature, and they leak a little bit. This is normal. Best wishes. ...Read more
3 to 6 months : It usually takes 3 to 6 months. ...Read more
Bruising: Bruising heals at a different rate for each person, but on average should disappear after 10 days to two weeks. Keep it covered with a non-stick dressing like telfa, or vaseline gauze. ...Read more
I have road rash on my palms and I am keeping it well covered with ointment. How long until the pain stops? I cannot shower
Depends: A rash from scraping of the skin on a rough surface can be very painful. Loosing time from work depends on how deep the lacerations (cuts) are and if they are infected. In addition, if the damage to the skin was more severe, needing repair surgery and extensive dressings, it may keep you from working, depending what your job may be. ...Read more
Keep wound clean: Take a good shower or bath as soon as possible. Coat wounds with neosporin and wrap with sterile gauze, daily until scabs form. Road rash heals over time. Superficial scrapes heal up in 1 week. Little gouges into the skin take 2 weeks. Deeper gouges take about 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 or two days: After the bleeding has stopped, the body will heal from within and push most of the pebbles and dirt to the surface. ...Read more
See wound doc: A wound that hasn't healed in that long likely has some other factors delaying healing that need to be addressed. Road rash is similar to a burn, so if yours hasn't healed in over a year, it was likely essentially a full thickness or "3rd degree burn" type of injury. It may even need to be skin grafted, or may be infected but would need to see in person. ...Read more
In the case of road rash, how large of an area can be treated at home? And when should medical help be sought?
Moisture: Removing all debris at the time of injury can help in the longterm cosmesis. In general keeping the area gently moist with a handcream can help it heal in a healthy manner. There may be mild improvement with the use of a vit a cream. If the wound becomes raised as a response to the abrasive trauma, a Hydrocortisone cream may have a minimal improvment. Sadly, road rash often has unsightly cosmesis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antibiotic ointment: Clean the rash with soap and water. Soak the rash in clean water twice a day and pat dry. Apply either Bacitracin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment twice a day to the open or weeping skin until healed. Watch for signs of infection such as pus, redness spreading or increasing pain and fever. ...Read more
Keep clean: Gently clean with mild soap and water; avoid products like peroxide and alcohol which will not only kill the bad bugs, but also the cells trying to regrow tissue and fight infection. Otherwise, keep he wound moist with products like vaseline. Antibiotic ointment can be used if he wound is red, draining, or warm...But if that is true you really should see your dr. Oh, is your tetanus up to date? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers