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Treat Road Rash Properly to Prevent Infection and Scarring

Treat Road Rash Properly to Prevent Infection and Scarring

A common injury if you are thrown off your motorcycle is road rash. There are many different ways to protect against this. One is to dress like a biker with a leather jacket, heavy-duty pants, and boots. Even if you have these on, there is still a chance that you will end up with road rash if you are thrown off your motorcycle.

What Is Road Rash?

Road rash is an injury that occurs when the body slides against the pavement, resulting in cuts, scrapes, and scratches. These areas are likely going to be raw, open and inflamed. Infection and scarring are two of the major risks that you face in these cases. Here are some tips to help you deal with road rash:

How to Treat Road Rash

#1. Clean the wound

Your immediate priority is to clean the wound. Wash the abrasion gently and remove any debris that may be caught in the skin, such as dirt, rocks, or grass. Always wash your hands with warm soap and water before touching an open wound. If you are not near a faucet and instead have access to any water suitable for drinking, use it. Don't use dirty water or water with an unknown origin. Because these wounds are open, only clean water is suitable. In the absence of immediately available clean water, don't try to rinse the wounds until you arrive somewhere that does have clean water available.

As you are cleaning the wound, don't rub it or irritate it. Pay close attention to how the deeper cuts look. If you see chunks of fatty tissue or a very deep gash, you might need stitches to close the wound. This requires immediate medical care.

#2. Bandage the wound

Once you have cleaned the wound, cover it with gauze or another sterile medical covering to protect it from bacteria. Apply antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to the wound before bandaging if you have any. For more severe road rash injuries, use a hydrocolloid bandage instead of gauze or cotton bandages. A hydrocolloid bandage works like skin and will retain bodily fluids that are repairing the wound and fighting infection without absorbing them.

#3. Keep the bandage fresh

Change the bandage twice daily or more frequently if the bandage gets wet or unusually dirty. If the bandage is stuck to the wound or causes pain when you attempt to remove it, moisten it with salt water to soften any scabs which may be preventing you from removing the bandage.

#4. Monitor for signs of infected road rash 

Keep a close eye on the wound as it heals for signs of infection such as: 

  • Redness
  • Increased pain
  • Pus
  • Smelly discharge
  • Fever

 Use antibiotic ointment if you have it to aid the healing process and fight infection-causing bacteria. Your injury should become less painful every day as it heals. If your wound continues to get worse, seek medical attention.

#5 Reduce scarring

Any wound that tears the skin has a risk of scarring. To minimize this risk, massage your wound regularly with moisturizer once it heals. This will help to break down the scar tissue and hydrate the new skin. Applying silicone cream, gel, or tape daily for up to four months after your injury can also be effective ways of minimizing scarring. Try to keep your scars out of direct sunlight for up to 18 months after your injury as UV rays can increase the pigmentation in your scars and make them appear worse.

Motorcycle Road Rash Treatment

Road rash from motorcycle accidents can usually be treated exactly like any other scrape. In some cases, you will need to take antibiotics. This is the case if the doctor thinks there is a risk of infection. It is easy to see why this might be possible due to all the grime that is found on road surfaces. More extensive treatments aren't likely going to be necessary for road rash. However, if it covers a large portion of your body, there is a chance that you will be unable to handle normal tasks due to the pain that you might experience.

While it is usually a minor injury, be sure to see a doctor after a motorcycle accident for road rash if:

  • You see visible muscle tissue or bone
  • Your road rash covers most of a limb or a large portion of your body
  • Your wound is bleeding excessively

Depending on the severity of road rash, scarring may be a lifelong problem. Once the road rash has healed, massaging the area with moisturizer can help to reduce scarring. You should speak to your doctor to determine an appropriate moisturizer to ensure that you aren't using anything that will harm the delicate skin.

If you have suffered road rash or other injuries as the result of a motorcycle accident, the Norfolk County motorcycle accident lawyers at the Law Offices of James F. White can help you seek compensation. Dial (508) 449-9166 today to discuss your legal options.


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