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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.