I have heard of kerosine use before.. I would hope it wasn't contaminated. I was told by the doctor to use "tit" balm", used for cows udders, 40 years ago. It worked pretty well in allowing the skin to grow back.Here's one that will make the doctors cringe -- and I know I'll hear hell for even mentioning it...
Years ago I went for a good, long slide. Kneecaps showing, severe road-rash on my palms and forearms -- I landed on my front-side in a prone position and just slid to a stop, no rollin' & tumblin' -- with quite a bit of asphalt tar & stones embedded in the newly exposed meat. Got a ride home and had my wife call my big brother (don't need doctors, that's what big brothers are for!) and he came right over.
He brought along a jar of kerosene. Turns out it's an old farmers' trick we had always used on injured horses & farm animals. Nasty as it sounds, he simply washed the wounds with the kerosene. Completely cool & painless, and it just melted all the tar and road grime right away. Once everything was cleaned up, I soaked for a while in the bathtub. Afterwards, we went ahead with the conventional ointments and bandaging, but the kerosene spared me having to go to the ER to have a nurse scrub out the raw meat with a toothbrush and iodine, which I wouldn't wish on anyone!
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Appropriate aggressive pain management after an accident & surgery proves to reduce chronic long term scar & bone pain.As a Nurse:
Telfa pads: Have a layer that prevents the bandage from sticking to the wound but allow exudate to be absorbed, great stuff.
Silvadene: Silver impregnated antimicrobial cream that prevents bacteria from growing, Rx needed, great to have in the house.
Bacitracin: Antibiotic cream, usually given with Oral Biaxin, Rx needed again. Use when an infection has set in.
Xeroform: Petroleum Jelly impregnated gauze. This will help seal tissues to air (we use it to close chest tube sites and some severe pressure ulcers...I could see it used on a knee cap)
Neosporin: Not recommended for more than 2-3 days use at a time, seek medical attention for wounds that may need more treatment/ longer healing times.
Iodine: Not recommended for use like hydrogen peroxide as a first aid treatment. Here's the thing about those two: They have found (as usual in some study) that prolonged and when left on a wound actually promote bacterial growth. That's not to say they don't have antimicrobial properties. We still use Iodine in the OR, BUT... we wash it off after skin is closed.
ChloraPrep: is Chlorhexidine Gluconate and Isopropyl Alcohol and is now used as the skin prep of choice in the hospital. (if you've had your heart worked on you remember the two baths night before and morning of surgery... that's the soap we made you use)
Kerosene: Bad on so many levels... ok for animals if you want to, I won't judge. But any fuel will be readily absorbed by the skin, remove the skin and you might as well start an iv and let if flow in.. bad bad bad...
Now having said all that: Disclaimer, if you are injured seek medical attention at the closest Emergency Room, or call 911.
Minor road rash, wash with Dawn or Baby shampoo and distilled water (sterile if you can or unopened bottle of distilled water). Apply above mentioned and heal.
If you live close to Mexico, bonus... you can bring all the above back across the border without a script.
Safe riding ... and remember to be nice to your nurse... we pick the gauges (size) of needles and foleys.