When motorcyclists in Georgia hear the term “road burn”, what do you think of? To most people, it may conjure up an image of scabs and scrapes. While some cases of road burn or road rash are mild, others have the potential to become much more severe. 

VeryWell Health looks at the different levels of road rash severity. At its mildest level, you can actually treat road rash at home. You must make sure you clean the wound well. This may need medical attention. But after you disinfect the wound, it is possible to keep up the treatment at home. Be sure to wash and disinfect often to ensure the injury heals. 

Moderate and severe road burn are a different story. With these injuries, you can face the following: 

  • Flayed flesh 
  • Cuts that go down to the bone 
  • Damaged muscles or nerves 
  • Deep rooted infection 

Up to 15 percent or more of the body can suffer from scrapes. These scrapes can extend through the soft tissue. Severe cases often see flesh harmed all the way to the bone. With so much of the flesh exposed, it is also easy to contract infections. For the most severe cases, infections can set in within hours. They can be very dangerous. Blood infection such as sepsis may occur as well. 

In these cases, doctors often need to do skin graft surgery to help a victim. Despite this, many suffer from scarring and disfigurement. Damage to the nerves also often results in permanent changes to sensation. Victims may suffer from numbness or sharp pains in the affected area. These issues can last a victim their lifetime.