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Help I think I have Saddle Sores(4 posts)

Help I think I have Saddle Soreshairywinston
Aug 14, 2002 5:49 AM
First of all. I am not sure how I got them. I always ride with clean shorts and take a shower driectly after riding. Please tell me how to get rid of these painful little rashes, and can I still ride while I am trying to get rid of them. Thanks
re: Help I think I have Saddle Soresbigdave
Aug 14, 2002 6:34 AM
Hairball,

The cleanliness part isn't everything. Sometimes it's just chafing... the only time I got them was with certain shorts that have a seam right where a seam has no business being. A bunch of miles mean lots of rubbing where that seam is, and then the sore pops up, sort of like a blister (but definitely a saddle sore).

What I used was a band-aid with neosporin after I popped the sucker, then when it was healed, I put a bit of fabric band-aid on top of it and rode as normal. No problems and the sore went away. I just use the fabric adhesive part, not the pad... the fabric band-aids seem to have a relatively low-friction surface and are very thin, so they don't get in the way, and prevent chafing in that area.

Here's a little more info:

http://www.arniebakercycling.com/fa_saddlesores.htm

--Dave
re: Help I think I have Saddle Soresclintb
Aug 14, 2002 7:08 AM
I second the reccomendations from the link to Arnie Baker with just one addition. I have regular access to a Pharmacist where I work and it was suggested that I use Lamasil (sp?) on the affected area. Lamasil is for jock itch and athletes foot which are both a fungal infection. Makes sense since that area is subjected to not much air circulation and lots of moisture. I tried it and three days later the area is much better. Gonna try the moleskin stuff as well tonight.
Yep, and...bigdave
Aug 14, 2002 7:17 AM
Udder Balm actually helps in the days following, and a little in the strategic area before the ride can help keep the spot lubed, if it was caused by chafing.

The moleskin is a good idea, but I found it was too thick for my use. Cutting just the adhesive part off a cloth band-aid was thinner and worked better for me.

--Dave