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Bouncing Back From A Bike Crash

  • By Scott Fliegelman
  • Published Dec 6, 2013
  • Updated Feb 18, 2014 at 12:14 AM UTC
Photo: Paul Phillips

Five keys to properly healing road rash

1. Once it’s clean and treated, leave it alone and keep it covered by Tegaderm or similar product. If it’s exposed or gets cold, the wound goes into shock and healing slows down.

2. If it oozes a milky or opaque discharge, it might be infected. Dry it out and reclean it, or treat with a topical antibiotic.

3. Don’t let it get too dry, which can make healing slower and the scar worse.

4. The ideal healing environment is slightly moist with nice, new, pink tissue and clean, regular margins (edges).

5. Once healed, avoid exposing the scar to excessive sunlight for at least a year. — Charlie Merrill

Fliegelman is the owner and head coach of FastForward Sports (Fastforwardsports.net) in Boulder, Colo.

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