Road Burn

February 17, 2010

The treatment of road burn-the abrasions caused by falling on an asphalt or gravel surface, such as a school yard-can be eased and expedited by the application of a topical anesthetic.

The treatment of road burn-the abrasions caused by falling on an asphalt or gravel surface, such as a school yard-can be eased and expedited by the application of a topical anesthetic.

Apply lidocaine gel and allow it to remain on the wound for a few minutes. Then, use a "cyto brush"  (the type used to obtain a Papanicolaou smear) to gently remove the dirt from the abrasion.

The patients, usually children, rarely complain, and the results are superior to any other technique I have tried.

--Catherine Kroll, DO
        Gwinn, Mich

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