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Over the counter meds for saddlesores?(14 posts)

Over the counter meds for saddlesores?teoteoteo
Jun 12, 2003 9:31 AM
I am sure this has been covered 100 times but for the 1st time ever (in 15 years of riding)I have a painful saddle sore. I know the drill on how to avoid etc BUT having never tried bought medicine for them I need to know if anyone has had any luck with over the counter stuff. I am primarily interested in how cortisone would reduce swelling. I am keeping clean and have stayed off the bike. No signs of infection just swollen and sore.

Any help for me!
Do you have friends in S. America?53T
Jun 12, 2003 9:59 AM
They have cortico-steroids (1% cream) over the counter.
oy! gringo!colker
Jun 12, 2003 11:20 AM
i'm here.. i doubt, though, the u.s. customs and the FDA would let a controlled drug slip over so nicely.
Keep in mind ... Cortico-STEROID!El Guapo
Jun 12, 2003 11:39 AM
Cortizone will show up like a RED flag on ANY drug test. It is a steroid. I know in Olympic and NCAA competitions it is banned on certain levels. I live in Austin and, as such, am prone to many annual bouts with the dreaded poison ivy. Cortizone is the only substance known to man that can alleviate the itching. My grandfather is a physician and prescribed me both the pills (Prednizone) and the 1% ointment. That stuff showed up BIG time on a company drug test. Granted, my explination was more than sufficient. But, if you happen to race, and drug testing is performed, be aware of the possible consequences. My suggestion ... good ol' staying off the saddle for a few days, keeping the area dry and maybe even applying a little neo-sporin or some other topical antiseptic/antibiotic. Hope you get better before the TOUR. I'm anxiously awaiting the stories!
your company tests you for steroids?ColnagoFE
Jun 12, 2003 12:44 PM
how often? and why would they test you for steroids? are you a pro athlete? or does it show up as some other kind of drug.
your company tests you for steroids?El Guapo
Jun 13, 2003 7:16 AM
The company I worked for tested for everything. I originally thought they only tested for illicit drugs, but have since found that's not the case. Thankfully they recently changed their policies and only test for the BAD drugs. When in college, I played soccer. NCAA doesn't take kindly to steroid usage. Please keep in mind that that was the early 90's. Corticosteroids showed up with little or no distinction from any performance "enhancing" steroids. I remember some other athletes had to have cortizone injected into their ankles and knees from the abuse the constant running put on them. Special wavers were the only way they could maintain their eligibility. Cortizone is performance "enhancing" when taken into consideration that it reduces swelling and associated pain, therefore, allowing an athlete to perform at near normal levels even though an injury might be present. The test results would show no differentiation between possible transport mechanisms (injection, pill or topical). I doubt it's really that big of a deal for "teo", but it's useful to consider implications of the cortizone if he happens to be racing in "organized" events.
here is my cure for poison ivy....allezrider
Jun 12, 2003 1:13 PM
I swear by this method so don't laugh until you try.....

open the wounds up and put dishwashing liquid (i.e. dawn) directly onto and let it sit for a few minutes.... it will draw all the oils out. Once you rinse this off put some tea tree oil on it. Do this til it stops itching. Usually takes a few days and then it is scabbed...

Just did this for some around the eye and was scabbed and not itching in about 3 days
I won't laugh, but,...El Guapo
Jun 13, 2003 7:31 AM
Keep in mind poison ivy simply deposits Urushiol oil on the surface of the skin. The reaction to the oil is only on the surface level, not deep tissue (subdermal). Dishwashing liquid soap is good in that it "lifts" the oil from the skin and prohibits it from attaching. The problem most people experience is that they only "rinse" off using normal soaps or just water. The oil stays on the skin and continues to irritate. Worse yet, they forget to wash the bed linens for a day or two and spread the oil to other regions of the body not originally affected. The oil maintains potency for up to 1 year. Never, ever cut into a blister created by the reaction to Poison Ivy. This is akin to "bleeding" a patient to cure them. Scarring can often times occur. Normal recovery time from minor poison ivy exposure should take no more than 5-7 days when proper precautions are taken. For more severe outbreaks, corticosteroids are the only cure at this time.
re: Over the counter meds for saddlesores?c722061
Jun 12, 2003 10:37 AM
I used Cortisone and it did not help. What helped was to keep the area dry from perspiration and keep it ventilated(you get the idea.) Mine was gone after the third day, never had it again.
I use hydrogen peroxide. nmdzrider
Jun 12, 2003 11:46 AM
antiseptic ointmenttarwheel
Jun 13, 2003 6:29 AM
I use an over-the-counter antiseptic ointment that seems to work well, as well as Bag Balm, which also has antiseptics in it. If the area is really swollen and infected, you ought to see a doctor. A local cyclist got seriously ill and lost the use of his legs from a saddle sore that got infected.
re: Over the counter meds for saddlesores?xxl
Jun 13, 2003 7:48 AM
Smells like hell, but diaper-rash ointment (Diaperene is a popular brand) really seems to help heal those things.
re: Over the counter meds for saddlesores?clintb
Jun 13, 2003 4:30 PM
For something over-the-counter that works fantastic, try "Lamisil AT". A good buddy of mine is a Pharmacist. After explaining what happens and the conditions, that's what he reccomended. I've always gone with the assumption that *most* saddlesores are caused by bacteria, when in fact they're fungal in nature. Of course there's the sores that are from friction and those are, for the most part, prevented by using creams.

Lamisil cleared up some very irritating sores for me.
re: Over the counter meds for saddlesores?Thorman
Jun 14, 2003 3:38 PM
Earlier this year someone recommended Desitin (diaper rash medication) and surprisingly its worked well for me when I've needed it. Speaking of saddle sores, I just read in Velo News that Oscar Seville may not ride the Tour because he had to have surgery on a sore he got last year.

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