5 Things You Need to Know About 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.

A close up of road rash on a person's leg. (Image: 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.

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