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Embarrasing question, need suggestions(10 posts)

Embarrasing question, need suggestionsdealy663
Jan 30, 2002 7:47 PM
Recently I've been having lots of discomfort around my anus after riding. It started several weeks ago and was intermittent, but now it seems to happen after every ride. It is very very uncomfortable, and I don't know what to do.

I really started riding several times a week back in august. And have been riding at least once a week for over a year now, but have never experienced anything like this before.

I'm very meticulous about cleaning down there, and always wash my pants after every ride. Recently I started using Cafe Chamois creme because of a few saddle sores, that seems to help the discomfort when directly applied, but doesn't seem to stop it from occuring in the first place.

And of course I have to ride a lot now as I recently sold my car and am now commuting to work. I'm going to see my doctor this weekend. Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Put the seat back on... (nm) :o)DT
Jan 30, 2002 8:02 PM
Put the seat back on... (nm) :o)collinsc
Jan 30, 2002 8:12 PM
you didnt see that recent south park did you?
Nope...can't say I'm a fan of that show (nm)DT
Jan 31, 2002 8:06 PM
re: Embarrasing question, need suggestionsguido
Jan 30, 2002 8:04 PM
Sounds like a problem for Preparation H, D.
re: Embarrasing question, need suggestionsjaybag
Jan 30, 2002 8:52 PM
Try adjusting the seat angle either downward, or upward. I try to ride on the bone if it gets too discomfortable after a while. If all else fails, get a coushy seat for traing...what the heck its just training.
Also, try using a detergent for sensitive skin . . .morrison
Jan 31, 2002 7:17 AM
when you wash your shorts. "All" and "Cheer" both make decent ones.
Change the seat angleRetro
Jan 31, 2002 8:18 AM
Try adjusting the angle of the saddle. Sounds from here like you may have the nose too high, but it's a very individual thing. Best setting for me on most saddles is level to slightly nose-down.
re: Embarrasing question, need suggestionsdave woof
Jan 31, 2002 12:03 PM
You might want to research hemerroids (sp?) on the internet. Sometimes skin gets irritated down there because of too much washing or sensitivity to some kinds of soap.
It might be a fungusStraightblock
Jan 31, 2002 3:21 PM
You didn't give much of a description (and maybe that's a good thing in this case), but if it's a fungus an over-the-counter antifungal might help. If that's what it is, your doctor might prescribe a similar but stronger type.

Hygiene is critical, and it sounds like you're on the right track. When you commute, don't ride in the clothes you're going to be wearing the rest of the day if you can help it. If you can't shower after your ride, carry a few unscented baby wipes in a ziplock bag to help keep the susceptible areas clean after you ride.

Anytime you ride, whether commuting or recreation/training, change out of your riding shorts as soon as you can and get cleaned up. When you shower, try using a good antibacterial soap like Dial & see if that helps prevent it from recurring.