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Old 07-28-13, 07:12 AM
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Tips for Treating Road Rash?

I did a search but couldn't come up with the thread(s) I've seen on here. What's the best proven methods for treating road rash?
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Old 07-28-13, 08:02 AM
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Small bottle of Listerine original. Irrigate the wound with it.
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Clean well...make sure there is no dirt, etc. ground in.
Topical ointments, etc. to help reduce pain and swelling, prevent infections, etc.
Some like to cover it with pads, etc. but even "stick free" stick to some sort and hurt like hell when you pull them off and can take off some of the bodies healing making for a longer heal time.
I've always preferred to use a topical ointment and allowing the air to dry and help the body heal. If I have to cover it I use a stick free pad and change several times a day gently applying ointment until scabbing over covers the wound.

Some have had great luck with the "second skin" type materials...I've used them a time or two with mixed results.

Sleeping is hard for the first few days as the skin can and will stick to the sheets, etc. This is when a light, non stick covering helps a lot.
Showering hurts like hell for the first few days...enjoy the experience lol.

I've sunburn spray with good results as well.
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Yep. Have someone look at the wound with a magnifying glass and make sure all particulate matter is cleaned out, or it will be tattoo'd into you. It probably won't feel good.
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https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...rash-question)

Here's the thread you were looking for.
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Old 07-28-13, 04:23 PM
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Thank you!! Most helpful. My goodness that stuff was expensive but hopefully it will heal up without complications.
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Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
Small bottle of Listerine original. Irrigate the wound with it.
Yikes! That stuff is probably injurious to raw tissue, like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, and could actually slow down the healing process.
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Old 07-28-13, 04:42 PM
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So, is there a story behind the question?
Oops! I read this thread before the other one.

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Wash the wound with soap and water. Of course, remove all grit, dirt, and debris

The very best ointment is Cuticura if you can find it. Otherwise, any good triple antibiotic ointment or A&D Ointment

Cover wound with large patch bandage or guaze and tape. large thin feminine napkins work OK too, if that is all you can find.
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If you can find a 3M Tegaderm Plus Pad to cover the site, put a little ointment to keep moist and cover it with the Tegaderm... leave it alone for a few days, With the Tegaderm you can shower with it....I work for a medical Supply dist. We do a lot of wound care kits...
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I always just rub it against the warm flesh of the opposite sex. Kiss it make it better.

Alcohol helps.

Repeat as necessary.
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Yeah, I like the Tegaderm(tm) or colloidal patches. Clean it out, slap it on and let if fall off on its own. When it eventually does fall off, you should see nice, new, pink flesh, and hopefully no spiffy scar to go with it, unless you lost chunks on your crash.
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Not to change the subject,but i have been wondering if i should get a tetanus shot if an such a incident would occur.Its been awhile i since i had one.
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Last year's major road rash was treated with slobbering on HONEY after thorough cleaning by our Dr. when I went to her after crash at Rev3 70.3 Triathlon in Venice, FL. Also applied it into hole caused by wedding ring gouging into finger and hole opened up in elbow area both of which the DR. at medical tent said needed stitches to close and told me to get to ER-ASAP. No puss or scabs formed at all.


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Not to change the subject,but i have been wondering if i should get a tetanus shot if an such a incident would occur.Its been awhile i since i had one.
Every 10 years a booster shot recommended by CDC
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Old 07-29-13, 04:51 AM
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We are selling Honey dressing now but it is Manuka Honey ..It has good antimicrobial properties as well as silver dressings...For road rash i would rather put a little nesporin or bacitracin, cover it amd leave it alone...
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+1 on the Tegaderm. Miraculous stuff, and worth every penny.
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There is no more Tegaderm to be found on my side of town. I own it all now!
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If a relatively serious road rash(s) go to the emergency room: they will brush it or them off with antibiotic soap and all!!!

They may give you a mild sedative or pain killer!
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Sorry to hear about the spill Joe, but I guess its inevitable if you're going to ride. Fortunately, this wasn't as bad as it could have been.

I wanted to ride that Shenandoah event but it conflicted with the Roan event (seems to do it every year), which we skipped this weekend due to rain. To make up for it though, as long as the forecast stays positive I have just decided to head to Monterey this weekend for the Mountain Mama event. The 15 or 20 mile trek through Blue Grass valley alone is probably worth the trip.

Again, I am glad you did not get hurt any worse. Crashes are never pleasant. Good thing your bike fared well also. Hope to see you soon on one of the upcoming events. Am planning to ride the Blue Ridge Breakaway this year if they have enough ridable roads that have not been washed out. Mid August, well that's about the time you should be saddled up and riding again.

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If the site is draining then i would get a foam dressing or Hydrocolloid type would be better... The dressing you choose depends if the wound is , Dry, open, draining or necroitic (scabby)...this would also determine what you would or not apply to this wound... Curad alos makes anice big bandaid that is like Tegaderm... I have tegaderm rolls at home it works great... I keep it around.
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Everyone had great suggestions... all I can say, from my various trips (at least 6) visits to the emergency ER - this is what occurred.

The nurse took a scrubby, like a scouring pad, used betadine and went at the road rash area like cleaning a dirty pot - scouring off loose bits of skin whatever. Really hurt! Then the wound was thoroughly cleanse with saline solution. The site was allowed to dry and then a sterile gauze bandage (made for wounds) was applied, no topical ointment or anything else. I was told to change out the bandage as long as the wound bled but once it stopped I was to not cover it at all. It was important for a scab to form. I was to watch for bits of infection and try to keep the site clean. If there is some pussiness, use hydrogen Peroxide. Otherwise, nature does a pretty good job of healing all on its own. The main thing is the cleaning part. The "hurty" part is also the cleaning part.
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Originally Posted by freedomrider1 View Post
Not to change the subject,but i have been wondering if i should get a tetanus shot if an such a incident would occur.Its been awhile i since i had one.
Ask your doctor,, a real Doctor..XD

Last time I asked mine he said 10 years is along time,, he stuck me, I left, prolly need another...
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Ok,thanks
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Most doctors surprisingly don't know a whole lot about wound care...they know how to patch you up but when it comes time to actually care for the wound they suck... Wound ostomy nurses now that is another story... We have 3 that work for us and they know their stuff...I always ask them questions and they depend on me to get them the proper products...
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