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What is the best/quickest way to heal road rash?

Old 03-26-09, 08:55 AM
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What is the best/quickest way to heal road rash?

Unfortunately my right side is covered with road rash from a crash on Sunday. It’s been quite a while since I have become intimate with the pavement so I was wondering what everyone’s experience is with the best way to heal. At the hospital the nurse said that it will scab over in about 24 hours so there will be no need to use any ointment and wrap it. I have a Dr. friend who says that I should use ointment (Neosporin, Bacetrician) and keep it covered with nonstick gauze. I have been following the Dr.’s orders.

I figured no better panel of experts than the members of Bike Forums to ask, “What is your experience/recommendation to quickly heal road rash?”
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i'm not a doctor, but this has almost always worked for me.

keep it wet (tegaderm, or something like that), and shower 3-4 times a day to remove dead tissue.

don't let it dry up.

btw - the last time i used neosporin on a wound (scraped my shinn like a carrot), it got infected, and took twice as long to heal.

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Wear that rash proud!

Especially in restaurants.
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https://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...rash-care.html

disclaimer: if anything bad happens remember that I'm not a doctor, and I have no idea what I'm talking about.

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AHHHH, I can already feel the releif. Those ER nurses piss me off by giving bad advice. I am on my way to Walgreens to get some Tagaderm. I will skip the Neosporin, thanks BOTTO.
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I agree with Botto. Tagaderm and moisture not only heals faster but having a large dry scab increases scaring.
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Polysporin ointment works the best for me. Glob it on there and keep it moist. Drink water, too. Good luck with the recovery. I think most of us have been there and it's not fun.
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Originally Posted by JamoDenver
AHHHH, I can already feel the releif. Those ER nurses piss me off by giving bad advice. I am on my way to Walgreens to get some Tagaderm. I will skip the Neosporin, thanks BOTTO.
For the future, you can get Tegaderm online for cheap.

Here's a link to Amazon, 50 patches of the large 4" x 4 3/4" ones, for $43 shipped. Less than a dollar each is a really good deal for Tegaderm. It's expensive in stores.

https://www.amazon.com/Tegaderm-Trans...8082795&sr=8-3

Hopefully 50 of them is more than you'll ever use, but you can take them to races and be that awesome guy with the road rash kit.
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NEVER let road rash dry out and scab over. Any good triple antibiotic ointment will do. I get mine at Walgreens. Apply a couple of times a day andk keep the wounds covered with nonstick pads. One thing I've never bought, but should have, is mesh netting that holds the pads in place, instead of tape. You always see the pros riding with those, after a wreck.
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tegaderm. that amazon link looks like a good deal. i spent $33 on a total of 24 pieces for my last fall. you can tile them if they are too small
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NuSkin works for me.
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Originally Posted by JamoDenver
AHHHH, I can already feel the releif. Those ER nurses piss me off by giving bad advice. I am on my way to Walgreens to get some Tagaderm. I will skip the Neosporin, thanks BOTTO.
this is the best advice i've read (written by a doctor, too):
https://www.velonews.com/article/3909

It also suggests tegaderm, but alternatively suggests duoderm, which is like the same thing except it has a healing gel infused in it.

Why would you skip Neosporin? Do you like infections? The article suggests only skipping it if you are opting for the duoderm. Keep in mind too that you can also get generic versions, polysporin (doesn't have neomycin which some people are allergic too), and also neosporin + pain relief, which contains a topical analgesic. I really like the latter because it provides some instant relief.

I'd say another really important point to take home from that article is not to use peroxide! It does damage and hurts like hell. Wish I had known that before my last spill.
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Clean the rash well , make sure you get all the particles out.

Then antibiotic ointment and Tegaderm.
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Triple antibiotic ointment mixed 50/50 with Preparation-H. NO LAUGHING. Heals well, leaves little scarring, & numbs the area. Generic " Dollar Store " versions work well. Put a small amount in a pill bottle & carry with you, too.

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I have been using the ointment and Tegaderm and its working like a charm. Some of the more shallow abrasions are almost gone. It will be a while for the others. Thanks for the advice guys.
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Do that thing Mr. Miyagi did to Daniel-Son. (claps hands and starts rubbing them together. proceeds to place warm hands on troubled spot...in a non-****-erotic way).
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Keep the otment on it, and clean it 2 or 3 times a day. I got some nasty road rash from a crash last season and it healed fairly fast using that method. Also the otment will keep mostire in it, allowing you to move around without the scabs cracking.

Weeek 1 - scabing had covered the area (Also found to have a contunsion to my hip)
Week 2 - everything had cleared up
5 Months - still discoloration to skin but healed, went in for a MRI and the bone is still brewsed leading me to believe I might have also had a hairline fracture during the crash. Funny thing is I stayed off the bike for 2 weeks and then started back training, so probally did not help.
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