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How do I treat road rash from a bicycling accident?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Austin Yeargan III
Neosporin is not necessary, can macerate the abrasions and delay the time it takes for the waterproof layer of the skin to re-epithelialize. Would not bother with gauze unless was sticking to clothes. Best thing is to let it dry out as soon as you have cleaned it with mild soap and water. ALL soft tissue has typically healed by 6 weeks. If cellulitis develops, consider mupirocin ointment.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Clean Thoroughly

Road rash can half little bits of dirt, little pebbles and other debris caught in them. That shower or bath that dr. Kwok recommended should include some gentle scrubbing of the wound (as gently as you can while still being thorough.
....Road rash hurts!) to remove as much of these pebbles and debris as you can. Leaving any of these things in the wound will increase the chance of infection.

In brief: Clean Thoroughly

Road rash can half little bits of dirt, little pebbles and other debris caught in them. That shower or bath that dr. Kwok recommended should include some gentle scrubbing of the wound (as gently as you can while still being thorough.
....Road rash hurts!) to remove as much of these pebbles and debris as you can. Leaving any of these things in the wound will increase the chance of infection.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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