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Healing Chafing and Abrasion

from facebook post:

Paddler Brett (Western Australia)

November 1, 2020

How’s your butt?!

I ask because I know that anyone who paddles more than a few times a week will find they have chafing that they’ll find hard to heal unless it’s dressed. Despite using creams to reduce friction and slippery seat surfaces like plastic bags or bbq grill silicone inevitably we will end up with ulcers.

I used to specialise in wound care as a community nurse and one of the best products we used for abrasions on otherwise healthy people was fixamol stretch . (There are two types, make sure you get the stretch type) You can apply direct to the area and leave it on until it starts to peel off. In some cases it can last up to a week.

  • If you have a skin condition probably test on an area first.
  • If you have sensitive skin you can soak the tape in oil to remove it.

I use it:

  • on the tops of my feet and toes to help with chafing from my foot strap.
  • over my coccyx where the skin sometimes splits from lots of friction
  • over the bony parts of my sacrum usually from pushing back against the back of a ski seat when sprinting
  • small blisters, cuts and abrasions on my hands

If an ulcer hasn’t healed within a week go and get something like a mepilex border dressing (silicone dressing that keeps water out) or see your GP. You may need to keep the wound dry for a week to allow it to heal as water is not good for healing wounds.

healing_rub_spots.txt · Last modified: 2020/12/11 14:20 by preavley