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Any Docs in the House? Q. about saddle sores(12 posts)

Any Docs in the House? Q. about saddle soresnestorl
Sep 3, 2001 6:07 AM
If there is any doctor in the house that can answer a few questions I would be very grateful. After 10 years of riding hard I got my first saddle sore this weekend. May be is a sign to get new shorts or change that 7 years old saddle :-). But anyhow, the sore felt and looked more like a pimple. a kind of internal zyst just like I sometimes get n my face. So I decided yesterday to treat it as a pimple by putting some topical antibiotics (erythomycin) and benzac gel. Well This morning the pimple was visibly reduced and it was not 95% less painful than yesterday. I have never heard anyone treating saddle sores with acne medications and that is why I am asking the questions. This seems to work for me but I am worry that I should not be doing this for some reason. Could anyone comment on treating these types of sores with acne meds? was the reduction on pain and inflammation really due to banzac and antibiotics?, Is there anything also that I should be doing?...besides washing my shorts, getting new ones, and maybe changing saddles?. Thanks to all.
re: Any Docs in the House? Q. about saddle soresElefantino
Sep 3, 2001 7:27 AM
My nurse wife says what you probably had was a clogged pore (they are also common), not a saddle sore. Saddle sores are skin areas rubbed raw. You did the right thing.
I used to get sores a lot until I switched to Chamois Butter, then to Udder Butter when I found it at Wal-Mart for $10 for a huge tub instead of $12 for a tube of the other.
Slather it on and ride for hours!
Elaphantino, a question...Lone Gunman
Sep 3, 2001 9:09 AM
Dear Elaphant boy,

You mentioned udder butter as an alternative to chamois butter. I am currently trying bag balm as an alternative to chamois butter. What I have noticed with bag balm is that it does not have the staying power (slipricity, if that is a word, over the long period of a ride, +2hours) and it stains lighter colored kit, (Agricole green, Polti red) and it does not fully launder out of the chamois of the shorts, it leaves a greasy feel to the chamois which I suspect is either the petroleum jelly base or the lanolin in the product. Can you answer these questions?

Thank you.
L.G., Where is the question for E. to answer? (NM)ACE
Sep 3, 2001 11:28 PM
L.G., Where is the question for E. to answer? (NM)Lone Gunman
Sep 4, 2001 7:23 AM
Thanks for taking the time to respond. Sometimes I "think" questions and don't ask enough. Okay. Does the Udder butter stain light colored clothes? Does Udder butter launder out of the chamois and not leave a residual greasy feeling behind? Does Udder butter have the long ride staying slipricity that Chamois butter has?
L.G., Where is the question for E. to answer? (NM)Elefantino
Sep 4, 2001 5:22 PM
I have no light colored shorts, but I do know that it hasn't stained my Elite Y chamois (which is blue) and that it seems to keep its slipricity just as well as chamois butter. I haven't had any problems, in other words. And I've gone back for more.
bag balm=good for short rides, a&d oint=good for long rides nmSpiritual Haiku
Sep 4, 2001 5:50 AM
Saddles Sores and Raw Skinjtolleson
Sep 3, 2001 4:13 PM
Gotta disagree with El. on this one.

What you've described is exactly a saddle sore. While many cyclists use the phrase "saddle sore" to rellate to any tender or chafed skin, a true saddle sore is a bacterial invection of a hair follicle, (usuallly) aggravated by riding and remaining in shorts that don't breathe. If it ruptures, it can be infected and keep you off the bike for weeks.

Any astringent can help (hence your success with acne medicine). The main goal for recovery is to keep it CLEAN, DRY, and with no rubbing or pressure. Skip the briefs, wear baggy clothes. Saddles sores can cost racers entire seasons.
re: Saddles Sores and Raw SkinElefantino
Sep 3, 2001 7:43 PM
You're right, I'm wrong, and my wife thinks I'm an idiot because I described it all wrong to her. She hereby disavows any knowledge of me, medicine advice wise.
The part about Udder Butter, though, I stand by.
re: Saddles Sores and Raw Skinjtolleson
Sep 4, 2001 8:50 AM
Gee, no one's ever said I was right before. Especially on this board! : )

I'll remember that udder balm advice, btw...
It is GONE!!!!nestorl
Sep 3, 2001 5:45 PM
Wow, Acne meds worked great. I kept putting antibiotics and benzac gel 2 times today and the sore (zyst) is almost gone. It feels so good I actually went riding this afternoon (with clean shorts and took a hot bath right after it). I've been doing everything that people told me...out with the underwear, keep everything dry and clean, take 2-3 hot baths during the day to help circulation, and my magic acne meds... and in less than 3 days the sore may be history by tomorrow morning :-).

I guess I learned my lesson: I will never again ride with the same shorts without washing them 2 days in a row. I will never again sit and read for 2 hours after my rides with my shorts on, and I will change that 7 year old saddle :-)

Thanks to all. NL
Hydrocortisone creamEric
Sep 4, 2001 11:13 AM
The best remedy I have found for saddle sores and/or chafing is to apply prescription-strength (1.0%) hydrocortisone ointment or cream to the area when not riding. Of course, this is the stuff that Armstrong was using in the 1999 Tour causing him to show traces of cortisone and thus get the French media all in a spaz.