Health Watch -- Bicycling: Falls

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about bicycling, whether for fun or for fitness. Even the most seasoned cyclist can take a spill, and while a helmet can help protect your head, your arms and legs are likely to bear the brunt of the damage.

Dr. Luis Palacios, a family and community medicine doctor at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says it's important to clean and care for any cuts or scrapes you get in a fall. Make sure to wash the affected area thoroughly with an antiseptic skin cleanser to remove any dust, gravel, oil or road debris so it doesn't become tattooed into the skin. Then cover the area with a topical antibiotic to prevent infection, and cover the wound with a dressing.

Bicycling is good for fun and fitness for adults and children, as long as you follow some health and safety guidelines.


June 2006

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