One of the most common injuries after a motorcycle accident is road rash. If you suffer from road rash, you may need extra medical attention.
Healthline explains that road rash is a friction burn or skin abrasion. Road rash ranges from mild scrapes to a severe injury that requires surgery.
What is road rash?
When the weather warms up, road rash becomes more common. More people hit the road with motorcycles, bicycles and skateboards. As a motorcyclist, an accident between you and a passenger vehicle can result in severe injuries. Hitting the pavement can cause severe road rash, especially if you do not have protective gear. Even with protective gear, road rash still becomes a possibility.
What are road rash complications?
Mild road rash does not need a lot of medical intervention. However, to treat road rash, you need to clean the injury, remove debris, and apply antibiotic ointment. Once finished, you need to bandage and change your bandage often. As the road rash heals, you need to keep a close watch on it. If the pain increases, the site becomes red and warm or if you see any discharge, you may have an infection.
In cases of severe road rash, you need to go to the hospital as soon as possible. Severe cases may include road rash where you can see the muscle or bone through the skin. Also, if you have large objects, such as glass, debris or rocks in your skin, a doctor has to remove them.
Any excessive bleeding or if the rash extends over a large part of your limb or body, you should see a doctor quickly. In some cases, you may need to have skin graft surgery to heal.