As an active participant in any "extreme" outdoor activities - and some indoor ones - suffering from road rash is inevitable. And it goes far beyond a well skinned knee. Road rash is a term for the wounds created when skin is damaged as a result of abrasion against any rough surface, but more often than not, an asphalt road.
Cyclists, runners, skateboarders, mountain bikers and generally anyone else engaged in activities that, when things go wrong, succumb to gravity at high speed, are most at risk. Scrapes primarily affect bony areas, such as the hands, forearms, elbows, knees, or shins. And due to the ample blood supply to the head or face, scrapes may often appear worse than they are, and bleed a lot as a result. These types of injuries are usually more painful than cuts because scrapes tear a larger area of skin and expose more nerve endings. Wherever the wound occurs, taking good care of your skin immediately after suffering a skin abrasion is paramount.
After an injury, it's best to stop any bleeding, as well as first evaluate the injury to determine whether any nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, or internal organs have been injured. If so, emergency medical attention may be required. However, if the injury is road rash, here's what you need to do immediately to minimize further pain and scarring: Clean the wound as soon as possible using an anti-bacterial soap. Showering is recommended, as running water will help flush out dirt and grit. If you can't get to a shower right away, at the very least attempt to flush the exposed area with water. You should then dab the wound with an anti-bacteria solution and cover the wound with a non-stick telfa pad coated with antibacterial ointment to prevent infection and scabbing.
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