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Road Rash Treatment
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?
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
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
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
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 more
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
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
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
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
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
A few weeks: Depending on severity, like a burn, 2 to 6 weeks. ...Read more
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
Least of ...: This would be the least of your worries after the leg was run over by a car. ...Read more
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
I took a fall on my bike and have some large areas of road rash. Need to find out if they're infected, 2 days old not scabbing with greenish seeping..
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 more
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
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