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How serious can road rash be?

| Jan 29, 2020 | Injuries |

Pennsylvanian motorcyclists face many road risks. One that people do not think of often is the risk of road rash in a crash. This is a phenomenon in which friction from a hard surface rubs the skin raw. Many people do not understand exactly how severe this can be. 

Road rash has three types of severity: first, second and third degree. This relates to minor, moderate and severe injuries. First degree road rash is often treated at home. It still requires safe disinfection. You may need to get small bits of road debris removed from the injury if there is enough damage to the flesh. But stitches and extended medical care is not often necessary. 

Second degree road burn can result in deep tissue damage. There is injury to muscle tissue, tendons and nerves. This level requires medical supervision. Doctors clean the affected area in a thorough and safe way. A doctor may need to supply the victim with painkillers and oral antibiotics. Infection can set in easily at this stage. 

Third degree is the most severe. Damage at this level can expose bone and nerves. Skin grafts may be necessary. Permanent disfigurement and scarring are common, along with nerve damage. Victims may lose sensation in the affected area and it can be permanent. 

If you wish to continue learning about road rash and other related injuries, take a look at our web page. Learn about the degrees of road rash severity. You can take a look into how road rash can impact a victim long after the crash as well.