7 Ways to Treat A Road Rash
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7 Ways to Treat A Road Rash

16Mar

7 Ways to Treat A Road Rash

Caused by an unfortunate event, road rash is a type of skin abrasion or friction in which a layer of skin is scraped away from the body. It is extremely painful and can lead to severe scarring, deformity or life-threatening infections. Proper cleaning, care, and treatment are crucial to road rash recovery and go a long way in preventing scarring and deep tissue damage. Therefore, it is important to know of the proper techniques of cleaning and treating a patch of road rash.

What Causes Road Rash?    

Road rash is an injury which involves the ripping away of outer tissue by a rub or a scrape against another object.  Although it’s a minor injury, it can, at times affect several layers of the skin, requiring skin grafting surgery to promote healing. Common activities that can lead to road rashes include:

  • Biking
  • motorcycle riding
  • baseball or softball
  • running
  • skateboarding

Treating Road Rash

In most of the cases, road rashes can easily be treated at home without going to the doctor or hospital. However, any signs of additional body damage must always be monitored. Similar to treatment for road accidents, there are a few steps that must be taken to treat the road rashes as well.

  1. Wash your hands: There are a number of bacteria and other micro-organisms floating on the surface of your hands that can cause infection. Whether you are caring for any other person or your own, you must always wash your hands first.
  2. Wash the injury: Once your hands are all clean, you must wash the abrasion. This must be done by applying gentle pressure as scrubbing the injury vigorously can cause further damage and bleeding.
  3. Remove debris: Any bits of rock, dirt or grass, etc. must be carefully removed. Use tweezers if required. There shouldn’t be any visible impurities or substances sticking to the rash.
  4. Apply antibiotic ointment: Once the injury has been cleaned properly, an antibiotic appointment such as Neosporin or Bacitracin must be applied. This helps in killing any bacteria that may come in contact with your wound.
  5. Cover the rash: Covering the injury is an important step to healing that also prevents bacteria from infecting the affected area. Your skin is most likely to heal when you keep the area moist. Gauze or other lightweight dressing can be used for the purpose.
  6. Keep the bandage fresh: You must change your covering at least once or twice a day. If your bandage gets wet or dirty, it must be changed more frequently. Moistening the bandage before removing can help prevent it from getting stuck.
  7. Check for infection: You must watch out for infection as the injury heals. Any pain, pus, drainage or redness must be treated using the antibiotic ointment.

Only the best hospitals for road accidents must be contacted if you encounter an accident that requires immediate medical attention.