How to Treat Road Rash and Friction Burns
If you’ve ever grabbed onto a moving rope or moving dog lead, you’ve probably had, what’s called a friction burn. This burns the outer layers of the skin, and can often be very painful in cycling.
A similar sort of thing happens if you fall off your bike at high speeds. However, these are much more dangerous than your average friction burn.
There are many other factors that can come into play after an accident like this. First of all, there’s the crash itself.
You may have been hit by a fast-moving car or you’ve might have just misjudged going round the corner too quickly.
The initial impact can be devastating depending on how fast you’re going and where and how you land.
Once you hit the floor. This causes a lot of friction and what are that’s been between the road in your skin or the road and whatever clothes you’re wearing, be it Lycra, polyester, or just regular clothing, a higher speed.
So, this is important to learn how to treat road rash.
This friction will be enough to actually break through even some of the stronger clothing, which then causes your skin to come into contact with the road or any sort of concreted road.
There will always be tiny bits of grapple on the surface. When your skin brushes against this, the grip becomes stuck and this can cause problems.
This is what we call road rash. When the outer layers of skin have come off and commonly bits of grit or grapple get stuck in the wound because this wound has broken layers of skin.
Our body’s natural barrier of infection. We are then liable to a harmful pathogen entering our body. First of all, if the road rash is bad or there are more pressing injuries such as broken bones, head or spinal injuries, or serious or catastrophic bleeds, you would need to deal with these first. If this is not the case, then you can clean the wound and getting the grits out.
This should preferably with an antiseptic wipe, or if you’re at home, you can use a sponge in the shower to ensure that it’s clean. Doing this with the sting as nerve endings were already be damaged.
However, that few moments of pain will be worth it to prevent a prolonged infection. If the impact with the ground was quite severe, but you are okay to go home.
You may want to comfort the injury sites in an ice pack and in short, but frequent periods. The wound will reduce swelling in the affected area will hopefully help in a quicker recovery.
Something else that can cause more pain with road rash is if something sticks to it after the blood is dried, this is normally something like clothing or you’re bedding.
If possible, in the day, try and keep it as it’s exposed to the air. As you can, this AIDS in the healing of damaged tissues and blood vessels.
If this is not possible, maybe either the wound is too big or it’s in an awkward place, then you should cover it with none of these, if dressing and this applies at night as well.
Minor injuries should heal after a few days, but larger cases can take around two weeks to heal and this all depends on how the accident happened and the severity of it.