Road Rash

Road rash is a term for the type of wound that occurs when a person falls on pavement, gravel etc. at the dirt is pushed into the wound.

In most cases the bleeding is minor and the major concern is cleaning the wound to prevent infection since many bacteria can be found on our roadways.

With most minor wounds soap and water is a good way to clean the wound. If you cannot get the wound clean this way then medical treatment should be sought.

If the wound is not properly cleaned the body will heal over the wound and make cleaning more complicated later.

Signs of an infection include redness, pus, swelling and fever. If you suspect infection medical treatment is required.

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