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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 was involved in a high speed motorcycle accident 3 days ago and just want to know how long road rash will take to heal?

That depends: On any underlying medical conditions, how healthy you are, how well you heal, and mostly the extent of the injury (depth), etc. Generally speaking though, within 10 days to 2 weeks, the abrasion should be healed pretty well. ...Read more

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I got in a motorcycle accident on Thursday night after work, luckily I was able to walk away without serious injuries. My knees, calves, and shins are all full of road rash tho. How long will it take before I can actually stand up without an overwhelming

DR???: Did you go to ER or see a DR?? Shower or bath, rinse off daily. Any dirt ground into skin? Sounds like you will be grounded about a week. Keep lubricated. Vaseline or Aquaphor are good. I use Bioclusive or similar clear dressings on these with excellent results. Saran wrap is easy to use but does not breathe. Avoid antiseptics and topical antibiotics because they interfere with wound healing and c ...Read more

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Is gauze useful to treat road rash after a motorcycle accident?

Is gauze useful to treat road rash after a motorcycle accident?

Road Rash: Ouch... Road rash is basically a very bad burn and peeling away of layers of skin due to sliding across concrete. A small one may be treated with neosporin but a large one should be evaluated by a physician. Goal is to enhance healing, reduce pain and prevent infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I treat my road rash. I got into a motorcycle accident yesterday I can't sleep my whole right arm is cut or burnt. How can I shower/sleep?

How do I treat my road rash. I got into a motorcycle accident yesterday I can't sleep my whole right arm is cut or burnt. How can I shower/sleep?

simple treatment: You have impaired the protective covering of your body namely your skin. You need to remove as much of the foreign bodies embedded in the arm as you can. Then applying a topical antibiotic ointment daily to protect the open areas and then covering with nonadherent dressings and applying a gentle compressive wrap will help quite a bit. ...Read more

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I had a motorcycle accident a week ago with several road rash areas. They're starting to itch & I have seen some blister looking bumps in a few places, but does not appear infected at all. Just some sharp-ish pains in some areas & the small blister lookin

Road burn: Rubbing of the skin from trauma, like falling off a moving motor cycle, is a kind of burn which damages the skin both epidermis and dermis. It could become infected, but even if not, causes skin injury that takes a while to heal, and may cause scarring. Wash with soap and water every day, and apply Vaseline until it heals ...Read more

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

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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Have this nasty road rash on my knee, I got it from a longboardidng accident, what will make it heal faster and will it go away in time?

Have this nasty road rash on my knee, I got it from a longboardidng accident, what will make it heal faster and will it go away in time?

Have rash evaluated: There could be a secondary infection in this case, especially if the problem has not healed over a week or two. Have a doctor take a look at it. ...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?

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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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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I have road rash on my left thigh from a bike accident that is 2 weeks old. I've recently developed a red bumps all along my leg. The road rash is red and tender to the touch. Should I be concerned?

Time for an eval: Any time you have an injury that is not getting better as you would expect, or is getting worse with increasing pain or redness, foul discharge, etc. You should see a physician for an evaluation. You don't want a minor and easily treatable infection to turn into something much more serious or potentially life threatening. Go get it looked at to make sure it is nothing serious. Good luck. ...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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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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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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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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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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How much time do a deep abrasion take to heel in a road rash?

How much time do a deep abrasion take to heel in a road rash?

It varies: Many factors are involved in healing road rash. Expect it to take a week or so to stop weeping and likely 2-3 weeks to seal over. It can take a month or more for full healing. ...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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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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Road rash on shoulder cleaned w lpsaline n iodine should I continue with this routine should I air out the wound n a deep wound on feet n heal time?

Road rash on shoulder cleaned w lpsaline n iodine should I continue with this routine should I air out the wound n a deep wound on feet n heal time?

Tetanus booster: Your wound cleaning is fine. Make sure to have some one else look at it so that there are no foreign particles embedded in the wound.
Make sure to get tetanus booster shoot. If you never took tetanus vaccine, now would be a good time. ...Read more

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About a month ago I received some road rash on my face and forearm. Once the new pink skin has formed how long shoud I continue to cover it in vaselin?

About a month ago I received some road rash on my face and forearm. Once the new pink skin has formed how long shoud I continue to cover it in vaselin?

Probably can stop: The new skin is kind of like baby skin--it is fragile and will tend to be dry, so I would continue to use vaseline--just enough to keep it moist so it doesn't itch. Do not get it sunburned or suntanned until all the pink is gone-use a sunscreen with spf > 15. It will burn easily and if tanned, may tan permanently.

Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a torn ligament or tendon to heal in the upper to middle of the back? Bad motorcycle accident on 8/17/2013. Hit by trooper!

How long does it take for a torn ligament or tendon to heal in the upper to middle of the back? Bad motorcycle accident on 8/17/2013. Hit by trooper!

Months: It can take a long time to heal torn ligaments, especially in areas like the back that you really can't give full rest to. Think of football players that get turf-toe and it bothers them the entire season - it's very similar. I would highly recommend physical therapy if not doing it. Can help you with alternative ways to sit/move/lie to reduce stress on that area of back. ...Read more

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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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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

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