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Old 03-20-11, 11:50 PM   #1
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Road Rash... And How To Treat It...

It seemed that this info should appear somewhere on the site (especially since I've linked to it twice this week)...

The following was taken from Bicycling Magazine's website. The original article has since been taken down... Glad I archived it.

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The Crash-Rash Crash Course
Think you know what to do after a crash? Take this quiz to find out. Even the best of us takes a digger every 4,500 miles, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute. Do you know exactly what to do when a big section of your skin ends up on the road instead of on your body? You might think so--but if you don't know all the answers to our handy quiz, you may be risking infection, extended healing time, unsightly scars and endless repetitions of your stupid crash story to curious questioners.

1. Squirt the wound with water right away.
True/False
True. Flushing helps remove the dirt that is ground into your flesh. Use your water bottle or hydration pack. To get more pressure from your pack, remove the bladder from the backpack, hold it under your arm and squeeze it against the side of your body. If you have a sports drink or soda but no water, use the two-hour rule: If you'll be home within two hours, skip the flush. Longer: Use what you got. Sugar hitting raw flesh hurts dang bad--but it beats a pus-oozing infection.

2. Scrub the bejeezus out of the abrasion as soon as you get home.
Yes/No
No. First, soak the owie. After at least 10 minutes of immersion, it'll be softer so your scrubbing is more effective. And, if the abrasion is on a part of your body you can wave back and forth (like your arm) some of the grit will get carried out by the flow of water. Running water--holding your arm under a faucet--doesn't work as well even though there's more force; you generally get tired of the irritation before you're thoroughly moisturized. And, anyway, the point isn't to get grit out yet--it's to soften your skin for the real job: scrubbing.

3. Scrubbing hurts.
Yes/ #%$@+&% right it hurts!
#%$@+&% right! It hurts a lot. In fact, our survey of crash victims found that nearly three-quarters of us lack the huevos to scrub hard and long enough to remove all dirt ourselves. Recruit someone to grate your tender body. A toothbrush or a clean, soft shoe-shine brush works better than a washcloth. You're done when the wound is bright red over its entire surface area and unmarked by black spots. Don't start digging with tweezers or scissors--if scrubbing can't remove embedded grit, it's ER time. You should also go to a physician if you know you're a weenie. You feel like a wimp sitting in the waiting room next to a guy holding three detached fingers, but humiliation is worth the joy of a topical anesthetic and a pain-free cleanup.

4. Quick to Scab = Quick to Heal
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Negative. Scabs prevent healing oxygen from reaching the wound.
Here's how to cut your healing time in half-and avoid most scars:
* Apply a topical antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) and cover with a bandage.
* Two to three times a day, wash the wound gently with water, then reapply ointment and a fresh bandage. Do this for 5-10 days.
* Many pro riders use this quick-heal combination--it's labor-intensive and expensive, but it works well: ointment covered by a "wet" bandage originally developed for burn victims (such as Second Skin or Tegaderm, available at drugstores). Cover with a gauze bandage, then wrap with a reusable elastic bandage (instead of tape). Or you could try "tubular elastic gauze" (it slides over your arms like a sleeve); it's not available in most drugstores, but you can get it through medical supply stores or hospitals.

5. After a couple days, surrounding redness or red streaks radiating from the abrasion mean a trip to the doc--or losing an arm to gangrene.
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Yes. But redness isn't the only sign of infection. Fever and nausea can also signal a haywire situation. And if you're bruised under the rash, get to a doc right away. This combo can lead to a systemic infection when the abrasion "communicates" with the underlying pool of blood (which is what a bruise is). This can turn into scar tissue or calcify, producing pain and limited range of motion. Nasty, huh?

How to Help An Infection Thrive
You auger in. Flush with water. Scrub. Smear ointment on. Next day you feel better and don't bother with the mess of applying ointment. Three days later, your abrasion gets hot and red--infection. So you apply ointment. You're actually making the bacteria in your wound resistant to medication, says Bruce R. Canady, of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. "If you toy with germs, they're harder to kill," he says. Apply medication continually and regularly for at least 5 days.

You Probably Need Stitches If...
Road rash is a surface abrasion treatable with scrubbing and ointments. A puncture or open wound requires a sew-up if it:
* Is one-quarter inch or more deep
* Has ragged or gaping edges
* Is in an area where you're concerned about scarring--such as your face, palm, a joint, eyelid or lip
* Is still bleeding strongly after 15 minutes of direct pressure
* Reveals bone or muscle

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Old 03-21-11, 12:44 AM   #2
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Tegaderm?
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Tegaderm!
Good stuff but generally not something I'd use to treat an injury.

I'm an occupational first-aid attendant and licensed EMR with several years experience. When it comes to first-aid supplies my wife (also an OFA and a former nurse) and I love this particular product (as do our co-workers): Hypafix Combined with a good non-stick pad underneath this makes for an all-around excellent (and simple) dressing for patent wound care.

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This article is very good too (by carpediemracing or cdr): http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...rash-care.html
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I love Tegaderm! Used it for the first time on a burn last week. It is supposed to be oxygen permeable, but waterproof. Kept my shirt from rubbing against the burn and sticks waaaay better than any bandage I have ever used.
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I used tegaderm on a road rash recently. It worked great for the injury but unfortunately I had a reaction to the dressing, most likely from the adhesive.
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I am lucky in that my mom works for a hospital and got me a metric s-ton of Tegaderm. Luckily I haven't had to use it. When I did have road rash, I used these and they were also amazing.
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Also, it was the pain while performing step 2 above that I fainted in my bathroom and woke up thinking it was like 1870. Well, the pain and the vicodin, which did nothing for me but nauseate me.
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I agree with step one of washing with water.

But after that, I currently wipe the wound with an alcohol wipe and then apply “New Skin Liquid Bandage” to it immediately after the crash, no waiting until you get home. The New Skin has an antiseptic that hurts like hell, but it prevents infection.

I even put New Skin on an infection and it cleared it right up.

http://newskinproducts.com/

Checkout the third photo in the advertisement.
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Wash with soap/water,scrub until it bleeds like crazy,stop the bleeding,apply new skin.Keep clean as possible.
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