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Bag Balm question(5 posts)

Bag Balm questionJefferson
Jun 7, 2002 2:04 PM
I have read all the posts on this site regarding using Bag Balm to treat saddle sores. Well, I got one. I went to the pharmacy and bought the goods and have been applying it to the spot. Any suggestions whether to use this during a ride or only before and after? And to answer any questions, I am not like Ishmeal who has bad hygiene. I wash immediatley after every ride with anti-bacterial soap and always wash my shorts. I had adjusted my saddle a little higher than normal on a long ride and it developed a sore spot. Seat is back to wear it was but the sore is still there.
re: Bag Balm questionatpjunkie
Jun 7, 2002 2:54 PM
Bag Balm or Brave Soldier will help it heal. I'd have it balmed gauzed and bandaged before I ride, clean and apply brave soldier after the ride and bandage. Since the Brave Soldier has bacteria killing in it I'd shine the antibacterial soap. Those soaps kill your skin flora indescriminately and kill "good" bacteria as well as the bad. Just a good regular soap will do.
It'll take awhile to heal in any case.cory
Jun 7, 2002 3:50 PM
I haven't noticed any difference between Bag Balm and, say, Vaseline, which is a lot cheaper (but way ookier in the shorts). In any case, a real saddle sore is going to take awhile to heal. You may even have to stop riding or swap saddles until it does.
Bag Balm has sulfa in itlonefrontranger
Jun 7, 2002 8:52 PM
And as such, those who are sensitive / allergic to sulfa drugs should avoid it. It's less nasty than Vaseline because it is lanolin based (organic) rather than petroleum based (i.e. doesn't soak in well).

I find Bag Balm definitely heals the sore stuff cleaner and quicker than (1) doing nothing or (2) using Vaseline or mineral oil based products, but if you continue riding (read: irritating the source) it will definitely take a week or so to see any results.
Sorry, No it doesn'tSkip
Jun 7, 2002 10:33 PM
It has 8-Hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% in a petrolatum, lanolin base. This is not a sulfa drug.