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Riding with Road Rash

Old 04-29-10, 08:43 AM
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Riding with Road Rash

I took a nasty spill Sunday and have a few patches of road rash that are still raw - one on my elbow, the other on the side of my leg. I'll be riding in the MS150 Saturday and Sunday and would love suggestions on how to keep these raw spots protected. Is it better to just leave them open and uncovered? Seems like that's asking for infection and wicked sunburn. But will covering it trap moisture and lead to problems? Uncovered but with a light base layer?

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If deep/large areas, DuoDerm

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Seems as though you may take joy in taking chances..."runs with scissors"... haha.

But yea I would at least cover them up, that would help with preventing infections.
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Originally Posted by Gluteus
Also good if you have to ride with saddle sores.
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If you let road rash dry out, it will scab over, then crack, and itch horribly. Cover it. Adaptic is good for deeper wounds that might stick to a bandage. Tegaderm is good for larger abrasions.
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When we were kids, scabs were the way to go. Or so we thought..

But it sounds like you're supposed to keep it 'open' as much as possible: https://bikeportland.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1599

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Keep it protected from sunlight for long, long time with clothes or sunblock SPF about 1million, or resulting pigmentation will last for years.
To keep dressing in place nothing beats a - look away, boys - nylon/lycra knee-high with toe cut off. Trust a mother, this set-up does not come off even on a sleeping kid.

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I've used a gauze pad held in place with bandaging tape, with the injury slathered in your choice of anti-bacterial ointment. The bandage tape didn't come off even though I was sweating, but some sort of nylon over that wouldn't be a bad idea considering the distance factor. You might want to bring extra dressing materials if needed.
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The two options I use, from best to worse:

1) Tegaderm. Good stuff. You can get it at Walgreens and probably other large pharmacies as well. That's what all the racers (and we lose our share of skin) use after crashing.

2) lots of antibiotic ointment (to keep the wound moist) and gauze. Curad (I think) makes a mesh netting type stuff that can go over your arm or leg and keep the gauze in place.
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I couldn't find tegaderm or duoderm at local CVS/Walgreens so i went with whatever they had using the same scientific term, think it's hydrocolloid. Seems to work best when little to no pussing, mine actually erupted and i woke up one night with crusty puss streams down my body :-s That morning i removed the patch and it was stuck on good.

I'm a little iffy on keeping it wet, my recent experience has been if the wound is deep (not just a surface abrasion) keeping it wet seemed to prolong my pain. There has to be some kind of scale, depending on which layer of skin you've rubbed off...

I also found that your diet can really help speed up recovery certain fruits, veges, anti-inflammation foods, and various protein sources.

Think this source has been referenced a good bit.
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+1 billion on the tegaderm

you'll have to scrub off the scab, though
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keep it moist. 50/50 mix of A&D creamy and desitin (zinc oxide, total sun block) and neosporin ointment should do the trick.
Wrap a light gauze around it and it can breath and be changed easily.
The damage is done, just don't aggrevate it further.
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Cover with adhesive gauze pad that's been soaked in parrafin. If it's like most road rashes, leave the gauze pad on for one week. When you take it off, don't forget to apply bio-oil/vegetable oil or any other body-friendly oil on the pad, as the parrafin would have dried up.
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Road rash: A few basics. Keep from scabbing (i.e. keep flexible). Keep clean. Keep moist.

How to, no pictures:

With some pictures:
The illustrations are more on how to apply the Tegaderm. I wasn't riding since I was in a wheelchair, but you get the idea.

How fast you should recover, give or take (illustrated):

Hope this helps.

100% recovered,
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