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Errr.... saddle sores...(8 posts)

Errr.... saddle sores...Old guy
Mar 17, 2001 9:10 AM
OK, you get a nasty saddle sore out of nowhere on a Thursday, it gets worse on Friday and you have a race on Sunday. Do you ride on Saturday? What do you put on the saddle sore to make it heal faster? What can you put on that "area" in the future to prevent them? Yeah, I always wear clean shorts and shower pretty quickly after riding. My seating position may need adjustment on one of my two bikes, however.

Any advice welcome. Jokes welcome, also. I can take it.
Mar 17, 2001 7:09 PM
Bacatracin is an active ingrediant found in many healing oitments. Something like Neosporin would have it. I had a Doc check me out and that's what SHE (Hehe) recommended. I found plenty of options at CVS.

I often get sores. I guess I have a soft "Taint".

I use use Vaselene before rides if I remember.
re: Errr.... saddle sores.../Err ...RxTC
Mar 18, 2001 6:33 PM
Once you get a saddle sore one of the better things to use is called "Boil Ease" Should be able to find at a major drug store. I prevent with either Bag Balm or Corona Ointment.

re: Errr.... saddle sores...Gary
Mar 19, 2001 2:52 PM
I had an issue with that one time. And I was lucky enough to speak with a medical surgeon that was an avid track cyclist who told me his thoughts on this matter. So if ya disagree with this, blame him...but his advice has worked for me.

I learned that basically there are two types of saddle sores. One is the chafing sort caused by basically friction rubbing against you. These will heal with time and with an antibiotic ointment.

The other type is where you develop a cyst or hard knot in that area that is pus filled. In simpler terms, it's a boil. These are caused by bacterial/viral infections of broken skin or pores. They can be treated just as boils, by steroid compounds, antibiotics (including oral ones) and even by lancing. The best preventative measure is to ensure that you wear clean bike shorts. Always wash your shorts with laundry detergent before your next ride. On multiple day rides, bring either extra shorts or laundry soap. Some people who are more sensitive to developing this specific problem have to go as far as to change out of their bike shorts immediately after the ride. My boil version of saddle sore took some time to heal, but once it did and with following this advice, I've not even come close to one again since.
re: Errr.... saddle sores...marvin
Mar 25, 2001 4:45 PM
I actually did a bit of literature searching to finally figure out what this is. Background- when I moved into my new house, I started to get sores, but nothing else changed. Pouring into the research, here's the lowdown:
1) saddle sores are cysts, boils, etc.- but they are primarily caused by pseudomonas (which is the same bacteria that hangs out in sweaty socks- if you think about it, the environment is the same- moist, warm, etc.- hence, these are pseudomonas folliculitis (meaning that the hair follicle is infected and inflamed).
2) These are particularly hard to treat outright, but the research on preventing it is based on scuba divers who get this from the seams of their wetsuits. They find that the WASHING MACHINE FILTER breeds the bacteria, unless you treat the filter with salyclic acid (ASA).
3) For a while, it took me a while to figure out what commercial preparation has ASA in it, but it turns out that lots of the acne medicines use this as a primary ingredient.
4)So, I did a load of shorts in the washer with detergent and a sh*tload of the acne medicine w/ ASA (to clear out the filter) and
5) after each ride, I shower and rinse the "saddle area" with the same medicine, and I have not had a problem since! Try it- you will be pleasantly surprised in a short amount of time.

Good luck- safe riding!

try this...Regeerk
Mar 26, 2001 11:46 AM
How about some good ol' Cortizone?Woof the dog
Mar 26, 2001 8:11 PM
Max strength. Worked fine for me a day before a race. Shed those damn bruise leftovers very well. Does anyone know if this stuff is alright to use? It seems to be the sh!t.

Woof, that damn squirrely dog. Yep.
1 word: NoxzemaRich
Apr 4, 2001 8:28 AM
noxzema is the best anti saddle sore cream, plus its way cheaper than that name brand shammy butter