Turf burns are painful scratches caused by skidding on the lawn or turf surface. People who play sports such as soccer, football and lacrosse often suffer from these burns. If not treated, these cuts and burns can lead to an infection. There is nothing to get worried about as with some useful guidelines, you can easily heal a turf burn.
- Sterile bandages
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Gauze pads
Clean the injured area
First you need to clean the wounds with soap and water carefully. Make sure you get out all of the dirt from the wound. Then gently apply a gauze pad and use lots of water to completely clean the skin and the surrounding areas.
Next you need to apply peroxide in order to deep clean the turf burn. The bubbles formed from the peroxide will get rid any additional dirt or debris that might still be inside your wound. Remember to only use a very small amount of peroxide as it can cause tissue damage. Later you need to wash the entire area with soap and water again.
Use iodine and triple antibiotic ointment
After applying peroxide, you need to use iodine and triple antibiotic ointment on the turf burn. These products not only prevent infection but also boost the healing process. Later you can apply a sterile bandage on the wounds which will stop dirt or debris from entering the wound.
Check for signs of infection
After a short time it is recommended that you take a good look at your turf burn for any signs of possible infection. This is usually indicated by pus or red areas developing around the outside of the turf burn. If you feel that your wound is infected then visit a doctor immediately.
Change the bandage daily
You need to remove the bandage and clean the wound on a daily basis. After cleaning it, you should again apply triple antibiotic ointment and cover it with a new sterile bandage.