Turf burn occurs when friction against the skin comes from rough surfaces, such as artificial grass or abrasive sports gear. It can cause painful abrasions, blistering, and redness. Infection from turf burn can also lead to scarring and other complications.
When it comes to caring for a turf burn, the key is to treat the wound as soon as possible and stay away from physical activity until the abrasion heals. The faster the abrasion is treated and kept protected, the less likely it is to become infected and the longer it will take to heal.
The first step in caring for a turf burn is cleaning it thoroughly with a saline solution. Add 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized salt, such as sea salt or kosher salt to clean water and rinse the area. This helps to disinfect the wound, and it also rinses away any debris or dirt that may be present in the wound.
After washing the wound, apply a hydrogel dressing to the abrasion. This helps to rehydrate the area and soothes the discomfort that can come with turf burn. Then, cover the abrasion with an occlusive dressing such as an adhesive film or waterproof bandage to ensure that the area remains moist and prevents scabbing and scarring. It’s important to change the occlusive dressing every day to guarantee that it is fresh and hygienic.
To avoid injury on the field, wear appropriate protective clothing while playing sports. For example, players can use body pads or second-skin covers to protect the elbows, knees and shins from turf burn. Long-sleeved shirts can prevent bruises on the arms, and protective athletic gloves can shield the hands from injuries.