Treat cuts and grazes
If you’ve ever taken a tumble when out riding your bike, you’ll know that road rash is no fun. Get back on track with this handy guide on how to treat minor cuts and grazes…
Minor road rash
“The removal of the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer) is unlikely to bleed but it will still sting,” says Matt Gass of the British Association of Dermatologists, “More serious abrasions are likely to bleed and be painful.” In both cases, says Gass, clean the wound to remove dirt and debris, then rinse with water.
“Once you’ve cleaned the wound, apply an antiseptic to prevent infection, and cover with a sterile dressing that should be changed regularly,” says Gass. Applying an ointment will also stop the scab that forms from becoming brittle and cracking when you move. Keep the wound clean as it heals to prevent infection. And, of course, if it’s really nasty and deep, see a doctor.
If you’re prone to crashing and losing skin from your arms then you could try preventative measures. Stantovelo’s arm warmers contain protective foam rubber pads on the lower forearm to the elbow, which, says designer and cyclist Guy Stanton, is part of the arm that takes the brunt of road rash incidents. A layer of clothing between you and the road will help too, so cover up if the weather permits.
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