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AcornMan 08-23-10 12:07 PM

Treating road rash?
 
I've got a lot of nasty road rash after a bad wreck last week. Now it's all scabbing, drying, and cracking. Is there some kind of lotion or cream I can use to treat it?

calamarichris 08-23-10 12:20 PM

Keep it clean, keep it covered with bandages & neosporin.

Too bad you're land-locked--swimming in the ocean would heal up your beef-jerky legs in days, rather than weeks. Hurts like a MUTHA when you're in the water, but the sea is a great healer. I once read that every cup of seawater has ten-thousand hungry little mouths; and those mouths do a good job of cleaning you up.

Before I learned that trick, I would spend weeks with scabs from hip-to-heel. You sit in class for an hour with your blood drying to your pants, then the bell rings, you stand, your scabs rip off, then you walk to your next class to begin the process anew.

Good luck!

cyclezen 08-23-10 01:07 PM

do a search in BF for 'tegederm' or tegaderm (not sure which is the correct spelling, will also have references for other similar stuff...)

also applying Vitamin E topically (prick a Vit E capsule with a pin, then squeeze) helps speed the building of new skin.
dosing on Vit C never hurts... (internal...)

honey is a good antobacterial/antibiotic, without being overly toxic to new cells. After being reminded of this I started to use again with excellent results.

any ointment/lotion you put on, keep the area covered so the scab softens and new skin has an easier time forming..

scab is your body's bandage, but not near as effective as above mentioned approaches.

fietsbob 08-23-10 02:36 PM

To avoid possible antibiotic reactions the VA dermatology surgeons [a melanoma was removed]
they say sterile petroleum jelly is best , covered and moist, keep the wound from forming a scab till late in the healing ..

and the scar did not show.. it was a melanoma from accumulated open car window sun exposure, I'd say, since it was on my left cheek.

fuji86 08-23-10 03:31 PM

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Originally Posted by calamarichris (Post 11338561)
You sit in class for an hour with your blood drying to your pants, then the bell rings, you stand, your scabs rip off, then you walk to your next class to begin the process a new.

Too funny, as a kid I had road rash from a skateboard tumble. The worst I recall from that was waking up in the AM and having the bed sheet linen dried to the wound as you described and then having to peel that off.

JanMM 08-23-10 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by cyclezen (Post 11338912)
do a search in BF for 'tegederm' or tegaderm (not sure which is the correct spelling, will also have references for other similar stuff...

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A well-equipped pharmacy will have a variety of wound-care dressings and related products on the shelves.

dabbindan 08-23-10 07:53 PM

road rash treatment
 
as a retired nurse of 30 years, i have a few thoughts. depends largely on how large and deep the rash is. hope you started with a good thorough cleansing with a mild soap and generous amounts of water. scabs are natures bandages: don't cost anything, don't require changing and are a good infection barrier. ointments can be helpful, but can be messy, attract dirt and only need applying to open, oozing areas. if the cracking oozes body fluids: thin bloody fluid, yellowish clear fluid and the surrounding skin is mostly free of redness then cover it loosley with an absorbent gauze (natural fiber like Kerlix is great) and change it one or two times a day. it if sticks, dampen it with warm water, wait and wiggle it back and forth till it comes free dislodging as little crust/scab as possible. Telfa dressing doesn't stick, but is miminally absorbent. sometimes a Telfa under the loose gauze is a good combo.

a neat natural like bandage called Duoderm is walgreens available. it comes in an adhesive 4x4 and if the rash is full thickness and cannot crust over because it's too large/deep can be a good dressing. it really doesn't work well on areas larger than 3x3 and needs intact skin around the edges to adhere and seal to. overlap the edges with 1 or 2 inch paper tape to seal and leave it in place up to 4-5 days or until the drainage starts to leak out the edges. it makes a soupy brown liquid underneath that promotes healing. for deep slow healers, it is the closest to a scab you can get. proper adhesion to clean, dry skin at the edges is essential and if you can get Skin Prep, paint it on the good skin to enhance adhesion of the Duoderm and the tape.

if you can give me more wound details (good juicy ones) i maybe can be more specific. i've had my share of personal wound care due to my motorcycling hobby of 25 years, as well as my professional exposure. i see your powercat and hope bill has a good year with the boys. of course mr gill has me pulling for him as well.

dabbindan 08-23-10 07:57 PM

i see now the rash is likely fresh and may not have scabbed yet. leave it open to air as much as feasible to allow the drainage to evaporate and encourage scab formation. it it's too big and oozy, then the loose dressing, with telfa underneath is the way to go till scabs get their start.

dabbindan


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