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Helmut
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:16 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Road (dirt) rash Reply with quote

What is the best/fastest way to heal road rash? (dirt rash in my case) I've read that you should keep the wound moist and bandaged all times. But why not leave it uncovered and let a good ol' fashion scab do its job?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:06 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helmut:

The scab will impede the form of granulation tissue which is the “proud flesh” of regenerating skin that look like red-pink granules. Keeping the wound cleaned out and covered with a ointment and dressing will speed healing and reduce scarring. Wash the wound twice daily with warm water and a gentle soap with rinsing the soap out thoroughly, gently pat the wound dry with clean paper towels then apply ointment and a dressing such as 4 x 4 inch gauze pads that you can unfold to cover larger wound or use 2 x 2 inch gauze pads for smaller areas. One of my favorite wound ointments that I use on my road/off-road rashes is Corona Ointment that can be procured at feed stores, ranch supplies and places like Gebo’s or Tractor Supply. I am always amazed at how fast my wound heal when I use the Corona Ointment. To help keep the dressing in place without pealing hair or skin off from adhesive tape, use an elastic wrap or gauze wrap. I keep elastic wraps and hand for such occasions. You can also get Vet Wrap when you are at the feed store. This is an elastic tape that sticks to itself but no to the skin so it makes changing the dressing easy and painless to the surrounding skin that might otherwise have adhesive tape clinging tenaciously to the epidermis.

Thanks for asking,
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