Experts agree that sports are essential for a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, injuries are inherent with these activities and steps must be taken to avoid or lessen the impact of an otherwise healthy alternative to becoming a couch potato.
One of the most common injuries in sports is abrasions. These occur when one falls on a hard surface such as pavement, but it can also occur on artificial turf.
Another way to injure the skin is with ordinary chafing that occurs with rubbing two surfaces together over a period of time. Whether it is the rubbing of skin against skin, skin against clothing or skin against pavement, chafing and abrasion occurs when layers of skin rub off.
Most injuries don’t extend deep into the layer of dermis, or skin. They don’t cause much bleeding. At the same time, they can be very painful because the nerve endings are exposed. When this happens the best treatment is to clean and protect.
Begin by cleaning the skin with soap and water. Apply peroxide to a cotton pad and gently wipe the area. You’ll likely see the skin begin to turn fizzy and white. This occurs when the peroxide makes contact with bacteria and it is a sign the peroxide is doing its work.
Any deep and bleeding skin should be seen by a doctor. However there are products that can alleviate discomfort in the interim. Use a clean gauze to gently wipe away blood and debris from the skin.
As long as the skin is not oozing, applying a thin layer of skin cream might provide relief from the hot pain of tender skin. Though not endorsed by the Food and Drug Administration, many athletes nevertheless have found good results with Dr Naylor’s Udder Balm for minor abrasions.
There are many kinds of sports skin cream to turn to when inflamed skin gets the better of you.