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Old 11-01-10, 07:01 AM   #1
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do we have a wound treatment thread/forum?

I dropped some lumber on one of my shins and scraped some skin off a couple weeks ago. I've always been a wuss about personal injuries and always tend to them with lots of TLC. others I know will let wounds scab over where I would otherwise cover them with cream and a dressing. bikers who fall and get road rash always seem so tough. anyone have any advice about pushing despite have a skin wound in a sensitive area. this is below the mid-shin area so it's right where my sock is. if it's a tall sock then he sock helps the dressing stay on, if it's not so tall then the sock stops half way up the dressing and become a bit irritating depending on my activity level.
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I dropped some lumber on one of my shins and scraped some skin off a couple weeks ago.
Generally Tegaderm is recommended for road rash. Regardless of whether I cover the wound or let it heal in the open I've never had anything that didn't heal in two weeks. Maybe you need to see a doc?
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Lumber as in wood lumber? I sure hope you cleaned that out immediately after, else that's a recipe for infection. Do you have discharge? Redness? Swelling? Heat?

As for chafing issues, sounds like tall sock/short sock seems to be the best solution. Folks sometimes saturate dressings in vaseline to make a semi-occlusive dressing, which might help the irritation a bit.
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I refuse to visit a doctor for every single idiotic injury I get.
With my crappy insurance I would be broke. I clean them out and cover with tegaderm.

Here is my latest from Saturday.
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Road rash: First and most importantly, scrub the area until it is absolutely clean. This is the hardest thing because it hurts like the devil. Then apply Povidone-Iodine. This doesn't hurt. As soon as it is dry, apply Tegaderm. Leave that on until it heals. You can tape a dressing over the Tegaderm to protect it. If the Tegaderm falls off, reapply the Povidone and fresh Tegaderm. The Povidone is important because it dries and thus doesn't affect the adhesion of the Tegaderm like a cream would.
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Eventually one needs to realize they aren't a doctor and give in. I surrendered and visited mine.
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I am healing fine but he did prescribe burn cream. At the very least I should be faster on the bike due to a smaller wallet .
Seriously, it gave my family and friends relief in knowing what was going on.
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I got out today and it felt good. I've got my dressing situation under control but should probably air it out more often than I do
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I got out today and it felt good. I've got my dressing situation under control but should probably air it out more often than I do
If you're using Tegaderm, airing it out is contraindicated. It's breathable, which is why it's a good idea to cover it with a dressing when the wound is new. Done right, road rash will heal this way without a scab or scar and fairly quickly. Couple weeks for a bad one. I go to doctors for stitches, but I remove them myself.
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I'm a "keep it moist" kind of guy, which is also what my dermatologist recommends. Actually, my dermatologist's Physician Assistant. Everyone in Arizona needs a dermatologist, which is why it takes 6-9 months (no exaggeration) to get an appt, hence the use of the "PA's" to handle the tanned and huddled masses. Anyway, as soon as there is no oozing, I go without a bandage, and keep it moist with Lubriderm - same as for a new tat. Eliminates itching, keeps the scab soft so hopefully it doesn't come off prematurely, and so you only scab once.

I'll have to try Tegaderm, since I crash so darned often.
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I have road rash on my hip at the moment and went looking for Tegaderm or similar, but the chemist didn't have one big enough, so settled for the old Mylanar dressing (padded dressing with a shiny side). Clean well, smear on the Savlon anti-bacterial and tape the pad over the top. Needs to be changed when showering, as you can't get it wet.
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wow that Tegaderm sounds great - gonna get me some of that! THANKS
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I have road rash on my hip at the moment and went looking for Tegaderm or similar, but the chemist didn't have one big enough, so settled for the old Mylanar dressing (padded dressing with a shiny side). Clean well, smear on the Savlon anti-bacterial and tape the pad over the top. Needs to be changed when showering, as you can't get it wet.
From 3M "Waterproof dressing provides a bacterial and viral barrier{1** to outside contaminants and allows the patient to shower. Breathable film allows moisture vapor and oxygen exchange while providing a moist wound environment for enhanced healing.

{1** - Laboratory testing has proven Tegaderm™ and Tegaderm™ HP dressings provide a viral barrier (HIV-1 and HBV) while the dressings remain intact without leakage."

Comes up to 6" X 8" and in up to 6" wide rolls for the team car . . .
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From 3M "Waterproof dressing provides a bacterial and viral barrier{1** to outside contaminants and allows the patient to shower. Breathable film allows moisture vapor and oxygen exchange while providing a moist wound environment for enhanced healing.

{1** - Laboratory testing has proven Tegaderm™ and Tegaderm™ HP dressings provide a viral barrier (HIV-1 and HBV) while the dressings remain intact without leakage."

Comes up to 6" X 8" and in up to 6" wide rolls for the team car . . .
Yeah - I just looked at their site and saw that. Might have a look in another chemist.
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I keep a package of tegarderm around. Good stuff. With my wounds I have to use a burn cream so I switched to a different dressing per my doc.
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