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5 Things You Need to Know About Road Rash

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5 Things You Need to Know About Road Rash
A close up of road rash on a person's leg. Photo Credit triocean/iStock/Getty Images

You can measure the severity of road rash by degree, much like you measure burns. First-degree road rash presents with skin redness and needs no treatment. Second-degree road rash results when the outer layer of skin breaks but can heal itself with minimal scarring. Third-degree road rash occurs when the skin comes completely off and reveals underlying tissue. Patients may require skin grafting to heal third-degree road rash.

You can measure the severity of road rash by degree, much like you measure burns. First-degree road rash presents with skin redness and needs no treatment. Second-degree road rash results when the outer layer of skin breaks but can heal itself with minimal scarring. Third-degree road rash occurs when the skin comes completely off and reveals underlying tissue. Patients may require skin grafting to heal third-degree road rash.

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