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Abrasion treatment/healing recommendations

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Luke R 84 · · Georgia · Joined Apr 2015 · Points: 353

I had the try-hard bug the other week and wound up with 3 separate but decent-sized abrasions on 3 separate problems. I know to keep them moist, protected, and clean, but I was wondering if anyone has used anything beyond Petrolatum or lanolin-based ointments and gotten faster results? I got one on my knee that itches like crazy and oozed forever. I've looked at "Brave Soldier" brand that is marketed towards cyclists for road rash- anyone got experience with it or anything similar/better?

Jamie K. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2013 · Points: 244

I dealt with many cases of road rash as a cyclist. Tegaderm has always worked well for me. Read on for some details of my experience/recommendations.

Clean the wound like you normally would. Shave a margin around the area and apply the patches. Applying antibiotic is NOT suggested. It can interfere with the adhesion and may break down the patch. Note that you can stack patches to cover larger areas. Be sure that the patches extend a good amount past the wound (1/2 inch). With time it will form a bubble of fluid that is yellowish in color. This is normal and helps with the healing process. You may want to cover the patch with some gauze to contain any leakage. Generally after a day the pain will subside, and I would change to new dressing after three or so days. After a week total, new pink skin will have formed and the dressings can be removed. if you get increased pain and or redness, it may indicate an infection. If you want to stay active, covering with gauze pads and tubular gauze (think fishnet) will do the trick even on knees and elbows.

Muscrat · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2011 · Points: 3,610

iv'e had great results with bag balm.
Not just abrasion and cuts, but healing tender tips overnight while on climbing trips.
And don't apply to your hands and then jump in your truck and drive off! Bummer....

john strand · · southern colo · Joined May 2008 · Points: 1,640

Manuka honey works awesome

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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