Every cyclist has fallen foul of the dreaded road rash at some point. For those unfamiliar with the term, it refers to the unpleasant skin abrasions – or grazes, as your mum would call them – usually picked up by crashing your bike. The abrasions are caused by the friction of soft skin hitting a hard surface, which means layers of skin are rubbed off. Most abrasions are not that serious and rarely break more than a couple of layers of skin, though high-speed bike crashes and full-throttle falls while sprinting can lead to deeper cuts. If this happens, it’s best to get it checked out medically – a deep cut may need stitches.
Cleaning Road Rash
After any road rash injury you should clean the wound. This prevents dirt and grime getting in and causing infection. It will sting a bit but soap and water will do. While cleaning the wound, check for deep cuts that need greater medical attention. Cuts that bleed for more than 15mins after applying pressure, or that have edges that pull apart, will need stitches. Once the area is clean make sure you dry it thoroughly.
Once clean keep it open to the air as much as you can, if you need a dressing (so you can wear trousers etc) use a MELOLIN or if you can get it a FIXIMULL dressing and then a tuby grip type dressing on top of that to keep it in place.
Keeping the Wound Flexible
To keep the wound flexible put a little vasoline on top of the would if the scab gets too hard and starts to crack. The other option for maintaining flexibility is to applying MANUKA honey directly on top of the scab, this will both keep the scab flexible and accelerate the healing process.