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saddle sores & neosporin: does it help?(21 posts)

saddle sores & neosporin: does it help?_rt_
Jul 3, 2002 7:26 AM
has anyone tried using neosporin/polysporin/bacitracin on saddle sores? if so, has it helped any? my boyfriend gets really awful saddle sores and is searching for some relief. i've never had a saddle sore in my life so i can neither suggest a remedy nor provide empathy!

any info would be helpful!

There are products just for this purpose....tronracer
Jul 3, 2002 7:28 AM
Neosporin will prevent/fight infection. Chamois butter or Assos prevent/treat saddle sores.
There are products just for this purpose...._rt_
Jul 3, 2002 7:43 AM
i've also had someone suggest noxema. i think when i'm at the drug store later today i'll pick up a vat of it for him.

re: saddle sores & neosporin: does it help?greg n
Jul 3, 2002 7:31 AM
It does help. I've found applying it twice a day as well as before a ride will usually clear saddle sores up in a day or two.
Jul 3, 2002 7:44 AM
right now he's slathering on A&D ointment 2x/day & it doesn't seem to be working. i was thinking that maybe something antibiotic might help.

thanks again.

re: saddle sores & neosporin: does it help?Heilx
Jul 3, 2002 7:59 AM
Try some of this. It is a lubricant with antibiotic. You can use if before during and after rides.
Jul 3, 2002 8:03 AM
.i sent my boyfriend the link.

Acne medicationpmf1
Jul 3, 2002 8:27 AM
Are you sure you know what a saddle sore is? Its not a red rash or chafing. Its an infected lump -- basically a pimple in your crotch. The best thing to do is try to avoid them. Wash your shorts regularily. Shower before and after you ride. Wear lose clothing and change immediately after you ride. Layign the shorts chamois out in the sun helps kill bacteria.

The best way to treat them is first, squeeze the pus and clear liquid out. Then, I've had luck with applying acne medication containing 10% benzoile peroxide. Its a pimple, so you might as well treat it as such.
yes, i know what a saddle sore is._rt_
Jul 3, 2002 8:40 AM
if i didn't know what one was i wouldn't have known to ask my question. but, thanks for the info.

yes, i know what a saddle sore is.pmf1
Jul 3, 2002 10:28 AM
Didn't mean to be insulting. Its just that many people think chafing is a saddle sore (my wife included). Having experienced the real thing, I know better. Try the zit medicine, it really works. A different saddle may be worht experimenting with as well. Hygene is key too.
no worries_rt_
Jul 3, 2002 10:37 AM
i'm only half as dumb as i look. hehe

i'll suggest the zit medicine to him.

i think he's just got really sensitive skin. he's tried a couple different saddles and seems to have found one that is least offending. his bike set-up is ok. his hygene is fine--though someone suggested that he try washing his shorts w/ an antibacterial soap.....i always wash mine inside out but the antibacterial soap thing sounds smart. he rarely takes a day off of riding, which doesn't help with healing.....

i was hoping to collect a whole bunch of suggestions and maybe one will be the answer for him.

rt - thrilled that not only do i not get saddle sores but i've never gotten chaffing or anything worse than a sore butt from too many hours in the saddle.
ishmael has lots of experience with the nether region sores. nmNo_sprint
Jul 3, 2002 8:42 AM
Jul 3, 2002 9:04 AM
Hydracortisone cream worked for me when I had a sore. I just picked up some 10% cream, essentially a cream for bug bites and it worked for me.
re: saddle sores & neosporin: does it help?pa rider
Jul 3, 2002 9:15 AM
I used the polysporin, which I got refered by a long tour rider, the past two years. I'm still using the original tube because I usually only get sores in the spring.

Seeing that it's a first aid cream I also use it for cuts. Seems to clear you up in three days. My friend said they used it because if your touring for two to three months, not riding is an option. Your doctor usually tells you to stop riding for a few days and you'll clear up.

Saddle Sores - All You Need To Knowjose_Tex_mex
Jul 3, 2002 9:15 AM
I have posted quite a few responses to this and suggest you search the archives as you will find much great advice. The problem usually is either friction or cockpit setup.

As for your question, there's two issues: treatment and prevention. I assume you want to prevent it from occurring again. Here's how:

1) Let's assume your man follows good hygiene.

2) Buy a darn good pair of shorts with padding. Check out and spend $50 or $60 on one of their peloton bibs.

3) Buy Assos chamois creme and liberally apply it to the shorts in the "ouch" region and if need be to the skin.

4) Can't find the Assos stuff before the holiday? Go to CVS and try Palmer's Cocoa butter in the little tub. Some people get a burn from the Chammy but'r but not the Cocoa butter. Vaseline Intensive Care is no good - it washes off.

5) The above should alleviate any/all friction problems. If not try "black salve" AKA draw out salve with Ichthammol (10% maybe). Have heard Dr's recommend this. Stuff can be nasty so use bandages and don't wear your favorite undies...

6) Saddle: check the height, look at it from the front is it level width wise, look at it from the side is it level length wise, is the saddle too soft or squishy? I recommend the Flite Selle Italia Gel. Also, do not get a wide one as this will cause more friction.

7) Stem height, is it much lower than the saddle? I would recommend to try and have it level or at most 1 inch lower than the saddle.

8) Stem length, is it long, like 120mm? It could be too long and causing the body to get stretched out.

9) If it's still raw down there use the cocoa butter even during off days.

10) As always, if this does not work see a Doctor. However, having felt his pain and tried everything, I think my advice should work...

MAKE SURE you check all of the above as they could all be helping a little to hurt a lot.

Best of Luck
Saddle Sores - All You Need To Know_rt_
Jul 3, 2002 9:34 AM

my guess is that the issue is not a bike set-up or equipment problem. he has the problem on all his bikes (TT, road, fixed gear), and he ditched the very cool looking koobi saddle that he was trying and went back to his more comfy saddle (can't remember if it's a flite or not......i'm intimately aware of what my own saddle is--Serfa womens' Arc dual density pro w/ti rails-- but not his!) when the koobi seemed to be making things worse.

recently he exacerbated things by demo-ing some prototype shorts, so that added to the problem. however, it is a problem regardless of his choice of shorts.

he rarely takes a day off, so that doesn't really help things either (lucky dog gets to do a lunch ride every day!!).

however, we're heading down to the beach sans bikes this weekend so time off will be had. (he'll run & i'll sit on the beach and eat bon-bons!)

probably the best answer is better lube and some time to heal.....

thanks again for the info!
I think you're setjose_Tex_mex
Jul 3, 2002 11:23 AM
You're very welcome,

If it's sores, I would try the Ichthammol.
If it's chaffing try the cocoa butter.

It's probably a bit off both. I think you're set now...
re: I use hydrogen peroxide to clean then Bacitracin. nmdzrider
Jul 3, 2002 9:17 AM
doesn't the hydrogen peroxide cause your eyes to cross from..._rt_
Jul 3, 2002 9:35 AM
the pain?! i've put that stuff on open wounds before and nearly passed out from the stinging!!!

i'll make the suggestion to him.


much less painful than using it on a cut butdzrider
Jul 3, 2002 10:55 AM
I'm the guy who thought that after the first few seconds the tattoo needle felt kinda good.
Jul 4, 2002 12:35 PM
I 100% agree with PMF1. call you Dr & have him/her call in a script for Benzamycin Topical Gel. It contains 30mg of erythromycin & 50mg of benzoyl peroxide. Having 3 teenage daughters zits are a main topic at the dinner table. I've had the dreaded boil & it cleared it up very quickly.