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How do you treat road rash after a motorcycle accident?

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2022 | Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents may leave riders with various injuries to treat and questions to answer. For instance, how do medical professionals treat common motorcycle accident injuries like road rash?

UW Health breaks down a treatment plan for abrasions sustained in a motorcycle wreck. Harmed riders must take care of themselves and their injuries while pursuing fair compensation.

Daily care

Every day, injured bikers must clean their abrasions tenderly with clean hands, warm water and antibacterial soap, taking care to clean away loose dead tissue, antibiotic cream and loose scabs. After cleaning the wound, accident victims may spread a fresh application of antibiotic cream over open wounds and moisturizing lotion over healed skin.

Pain management

Depending on a person’s pain levels, a doctor could prescribe pain medication. Other than taking their regular doses, motorcycle injury victims may also take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Patients who suffered broken bones and those undergoing surgery should ask their medical team about taking ibuprofen, as doing so could become dangerous for certain patients.


When abrasions do not hurt to the touch, dry out and take on a red or pink hue, a medical professional could consider it healed. Applying moisturizing lotion to freshly healed skin keeps it from cracking and drying out. A physician may have recommendations for whether a patient should keep using gauze and antibiotic creams.

Road rashes require attentive care to heal. When motorcycle accident victims know how to take care of their wounds, they have one less thing to fret over while building their legal case and protecting their right to fair compensation.