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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?

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

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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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?

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

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Does skin grow back after a bad road rash?

Does skin grow back after a bad road rash?

Depends: The deeper rash will likely fill in with granulation and scar tissue. It will look different from your normal skin and may have areas of numbness. The superficial areas will likely heal with only temporary redness left over, that should return to normal over months or years. ...Read more

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Is there a god way to heal road rash from falling?

Is there a god way to heal road rash from falling?

Abrasions: The first treatment for "road rash" is cleaning the area thoroughly with soap and water and applying an antibiotic cream like bacitracin. ...Read more

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I just crashed my bike and my road rash has purple color to it how long willit take to heal?

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

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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

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

Water is good for it: Keep greased with vaseline or Aquaphor. Not bacitracin or neosporin. Won't be long. Depends on how deep and how much dirt was ground into it. You neglected the crucial detail of how long since the injury. ...Read more

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What can help make my road rash heal faster?

What can help make my road rash heal faster?

Abrasions: The first treatment for "road rash" is cleaning the area thoroughly with soap and water and applying an antibiotic cream like bacitracin. ...Read more

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How long should I be out of work with road rash?

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

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How do I treat road rash from a bicycling accident?

How do I treat road rash from a bicycling accident?

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 more

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How long should I keep a bandage on a child's road-rash?

How long should I keep a bandage on a child's road-rash?

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

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My road rash has not healed and it has been 13 months. What should I do?

My road rash has not healed and it has been 13 months. What should I do?

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

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In the case of road rash, how large of an area can be treated at home? And when should medical help be sought?

In the case of road rash, how large of an area can be treated at home? And when should medical help be sought?

Vaseline: Vaseline can help protect the area. Stay hydrated because you can be vulnerable to fluid loss. If there is warmth or pus it's time to see a doctor to rule out infection. ...Read more

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How can you reduce the appearance of road rash scars?

How can you reduce the appearance of road rash scars?

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 more

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Is there a good way for me to take care of my road rash/severe abrasions?

Is there a good way for me to take care of my road rash/severe abrasions?

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

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What are the best steps to take when caring for a large abrasion (road rash)?

What are the best steps to take when caring for a large abrasion (road rash)?

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 more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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