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Remedy for saddle sores?(7 posts)

Remedy for saddle sores?cydswipe
Aug 8, 2002 3:35 PM
Any good suggestions for relief from saddle sores? Thanks!
try "emgel", Rx only nmseyboro
Aug 8, 2002 3:37 PM
... as well as, sigh... time off the bike...Akirasho
Aug 8, 2002 4:08 PM
... sometimes, you just have to allow things to heal (most of what we call saddle sores is an inflammatory response to a subcutenacous infection). Continued riding only, ummm inflames the region, thus preventing the healing process from advancing, thus prolonging the suffering (in some cases, professional medical treatment is necessary).

Consider a Zinc Oxide ointment (as well as good personal hygeine) to aide in healing (read the instructions).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
I heard bananna skin taped on so you can ride, never tried it nmishmael
Aug 8, 2002 5:06 PM
Search Archives.jose_Tex_mex
Aug 8, 2002 5:08 PM
There's an incredible wealth of info on this subject which comes up often.
Short Answer: buy a good pair of shorts and ABSOLUTELY use Assos Chamois Creme in the problem area.

Other considerations:
1) Make sure your saddle is correctly positioned.
2) Make sure your seatpost is not too high.
3) Make sure your saddle is not too soft.
4) Check that your stem is not too long - don't be reaching.
5) Buy good shorts with chammy insert.

You can also use Palmer's Cocoa butter on the area. If need be, use on your days off as well.

The course of action depends on whether it's a friction thing (needs to be lubed) or a bacterial thing (might need Ichthammol as found in Black Salve).

I bet if you lube up your shorts like a diaper and apply a little to the skin you will be fine...
re: Remedy for saddle sores?Bike Mike
Aug 8, 2002 5:35 PM
In the early stages (i.e. chafed skin, slightly moist, tender sores) I have had great luck with Neosporin ointment. Swipe it on at night and the next day I'm feeling better (though not all the way healed, for sure!). A few light rides and/or a day off or two and continuing the Neosporin seems to work.

Certainly, if the get to the real ugly stage get some serious treatment!

Aug 9, 2002 7:46 AM
Use Desiten, you know, the stuff for baby diaper rash. It works great.

I also use an anti-septic powder on my chamois b4 long (2hr+) rides and wash up in the shower using an iodine soap like Betadine or a drug stores knock-off (it's cheaper).

Anyway, the Desiten is the key if you start to develop a saddle sore or you already have one. And it's relatively cheap too!