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Best treatment for severe road rash? Everything is sticking to the wound when we try to change bandages. Even with Neosporin. MIL says saran wrap?

Best treatment for severe road rash? Everything is sticking to the wound when we try to change bandages. Even with Neosporin. MIL says saran wrap?

Tetanus shot: Did you get a tetanus booster dose? If not, please do.
You may soak the bandage in Vaseline before applying to the raw area. If the wound has scabbed over, you may leave is uncovered. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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 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

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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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I fell this morning, landing directly on my right knee on concrete. Have "road rash", bruising and swelling, as well as a distinct feeling of liquid around the kneecap, which is my main concern. Can flex and walk on it. Safe to treat at home?

I fell this morning, landing directly on my right knee on concrete. Have "road rash", bruising and swelling, as well as a distinct feeling of liquid around the kneecap, which is my main concern. Can flex and walk on it. Safe to treat at home?

Knee injury: The concern here would be a fracture of your patella (knee cap) in view of the type of trauma and the presence of knee swelling. We know that at the very least a contusion of the patella occurred. If pain and swelling are pronounced, get examined and an xray. In the meantime apply cold and elevate your leg. ...Read more

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How long does it take road rash to heal?

How long does it take road rash to heal?

About 2 weeks: Unless the abrasions get infected, they should be healed in about 14 days. ...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?

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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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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Road rash first aid treatments are?

Road rash first aid treatments are?

Keep it clean: Soap and water, maybe topical antibiotic ointment. Clean daily. Don't pick at it and don't use hydrogen peroxide because it destroys the healing tissue in the wound. ...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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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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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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How can I tell if my abrasion (road rash) is infected?

Red: If the surrounding skin is red and swollen it is likely infected. If the drainage changes color or consistency it is likely getting infected. ...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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My husband has a bad back, recently getting pain in right rib area, feels like road rash, is this caused by his back?

My husband has a bad back, recently getting pain in right rib area, feels like road rash, is this caused by his back?

May be shingles: The earliest symptoms of shingles  may include headache, sensitivity to light or flu like symptoms without a fever.  later, you may feel itching, tingling, or pain in a localized area. That’s where a band, strip, or small area of rash may occur a few days later. The rash turns into clusters of blisters. The blisters fill with fluid and then crust over. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to be using "spray and wash" for road rash debridement?

Is it a good idea to be using "spray and wash" for road rash debridement?

Not a great idea: I imagined this would burn terribly you would be better off having a doctor do it with sterile saline so it would not hurt so much. ...Read more

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Could I clean the road rash (abrasions) with hot water?

Could I clean the road rash (abrasions) with hot water?

Yes: Best to use a good soap and water, then apply Neosporin and cover to keep from drying out. All will heal in time, often without scarring. Keep riding. ...Read more

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How long does it take for road rash to turn into blisters?

How long does it take for road rash to turn into blisters?

Think infection.: Road rash should not become blistered unless it is infected. May need antibiotic. Best choice depends on organism present. Wound culture first to identify organisms. ...Read more

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How long does it take for skin to grow back after a leg road rash?

3 weeks: These are essentially partial thickness burns and can be treated with washing with soap and water 2-3 times/day, application of Bacitracin ointment and a dry dressing. These types of injury should be healed in 3 weeks--if they are not, or if they do not seems to be improving normally, you should see a physician to see if there is an additional problem. ...Read more

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Does isopropyl rubbing alcohol stop the growth of new skin on a road rash?

Does isopropyl rubbing alcohol stop the growth of new skin on a road rash?

Can impede healing: Best thing to do after the initial disinfection with soap or alcohol is to apply petroleum ointment (plain vaseline) at least twice daily until the skin has re-epithelized (about 5-7days). Hydrogen peroxide can be harmful to the healing skin, antibiotic ointments increase the risk of allergic contact dermatitis, alcohol can dry out the wound resulting in a scab which can also slow down healing. ...Read more

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What does the emergency room do for road rash from getting your leg ran over by car?

What does the emergency room do for road rash from getting your leg ran over by car?

Least of. ..: This would be the least of your worries after the leg was run over by a car. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more