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Saddle Soars(6 posts)

Saddle Soarsbikerdude86
Jun 4, 2002 6:44 AM

I am suffering from major saddle soars. It has been a problem for a while now. Some times getting really bad and some times its almost gone, but never fully gone away. I have been usind A&D, someone told me to get without the zinc in it, so I don't use the one with zinc. Please, if someone knows how I can get rid of them, let me know.
Thank you
personally I use Dr.Naylor's Udder ButterColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2002 7:20 AM
before and after riding. keeps the saddle sores away in the first place.
Saddle sores? Use this...Tig
Jun 4, 2002 11:16 AM
Ichthammol 10% ointment (AKA: "black salve" or "ichthyol") is a tar/petroleum-based skin product that is available at almost every drug store for less than $1 per tube. You'll have to ask the pharmacist for it since it is behind the counter, but no prescription is required. It also comes in greater percentages, but would require a perscription. It can also come in a zinc mixture.

This stuff is brown, sticky, and smells a little. Don't let that keep you from using it since it is a most effective medicine for treatment of boils and saddle sores. I ride with several MD's and they all recommend it. I wish more cyclists knew how well it works.

Smear good dab on the sore and a little on the dressing part of a large band-aid. You should always use a band-aid to cover the area when using Ichthammol for best results, and to keep it off of your clothes. You may have to reapply after 8-10 hours. Remove the band-aid after each shower and reapply and cover with a new band-aid. You should see positive results within a day or two, and be cured by four days at the latest.
I feel your painJOM
Jun 4, 2002 11:50 AM
I have been trying to conquer a similar problem. Here's my input:
> Make sure you follow normal hygiene when it comes to cleanliness, washing shorts...
> Get a good pair of good shorts - spend a few bucks.
> Get a narrow saddle - the wider ones may look more comfortable but they cause more rubbing. I use a Selle Flite
> Before a ride I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. I also use it whenever I feel dry or sore. During the season I often using it even when I am not riding because just walking can cause more friction.

You need to understand your particular case. As far as I see it there are three cases which can be combined:
1) Friction due to dryness
2) Bacterial
3) Problems due to lack of dryness.

My guess is that it is friction due to dryness. Do the above and make sure that your position in the saddle is correct and that your frame is not too big.

Best of Luck,
re: Saddle SoarsRideOn
Jun 4, 2002 7:00 PM
Try zinc oxide and polysporin or neosporin ointment mixed together in equal parts. Remove your shorts immediately after you ride and wash them before the next one. I agree, udder butter or a chami salve is good protection against chaffing, which may be part of your problem. Be careful of the icthammol ointment, as many people experience irritation and rash with it's use, which is why it is not used very much any more. let us know the results, whichever one you use.
Follow their advice, but do this instead:look271
Jun 4, 2002 7:30 PM
Use a creme like Assos or other chamois cremes. You won't regret it. No more saddle sores. You can get it @ or your local bike shop may have it.