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Road Rash

Abrasions are Just Friction Burns by Another Name


Updated March 04, 2011

road rash
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While technically an abrasion, road rash is an example of friction burn. This one is pretty severe, but you can get friction burns from all sorts of things. We've all heard of rug burn and rope burn.

I learned to snow ski on a bunny hill with a rope tow. It was old school, where you had to hold on to the rope without any loops or handles. I went home with a ruined glove and a rope burn on my right palm that didn't heal for weeks.

Since burns are essentially just damage to the layers of skin, road rash treatment and burn treatment are very similar.

If you have a picture of your own burns or injuries, submit your injury pictures here.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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