Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
If you want to minimize healing time for that road rash, use Tegaderm bandages or equivalent. They're expensive but they work - I know first hand (first arm and first leg for that matter). Also reduced scarring a lot. Make sure your tetanus shots are up to date too.
The idea is not to let it scab up. The bandages seal in the "juices" and keep the area moist. The process is messy because the bandages get full of liquid from the weeping wound and it will find it's way out at the low gravity points, but only in very small areas and the badages will stay on. You'll need to wrap in gauss to catch this runoff and change daily at first.
I know it's a little late in the process for you but here's what I did:
1. Clean the wound thoroughly to get out all foreign debris and skin that's barely hanging. I used soap and water and my hand, a sponge or lufa is good.
2. Douse with Hydrogen Peroxide. Some say antibiotics can interfere with the healing process, so you'll have to read up and decide for yourself, it just seemed like I needed to do something for infection so I did. At least use a .9% sodium chloride solution, a spray bottle works great.
3. Scream liberally.
4. Spritz wound with sodium chloride. Not too painful, but repeat from 3 if necessary.
5. I covered the whole wound with neosporin, again another antibiotic so you make the call.
6. Dry around the perimeter as much as possible.
7. Apply tegaderm bandages with about an inch border around the wound so it has dry skin (and hair) to cling to. The bandages can be overlapped if the area is larger than a single (3x4). They cling to each other great and form one large bandage.
8. Wrap in gause making sure to add a little extra room on the downhill side of the wound since that's where the fluid will escape eventually. If it's your arm it might depend on your job and what position your arm is in most of the day.
9. Repeat from step 4 daily for the first few days. You'll be able to keep the bandages on longer once the wound starts to heal, even though it's still weeping. Tegaderm can stay on for up to 7 days if you can keep it fairly clean. The whole process took about 2.5 weeks for me. Probably went through 6 boxes of tegaderm bandages at $8 each.
I'm not a doctor! If the wound is serious see one. My leg wound covered the outside of my lower leg in an area about 4" x 10" and it was raw. My forearm wound was about 3 x 6 and equally raw, both wounds produced a mixture of blood and lymph but no lacerations, but plenty of tar and grit embedded. I was wearing shorts and a tee shirt so this was direct skin-on-road action. I won't debate the wisdom of proper riding gear.
Lots of info on the web of course. I just googled "road rash" and went from there. I'm sure there are a few stories in the archives here as well but I haven't looked. Maybe we should start a new forum topic?
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