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Chronic Saddle Sore:(tantalus
Oct 27, 2001 5:48 AM
Just cant get rid of this one saddle sore x4months. It gets better when i reduce saddle time but as soon as i start increase the mileage it comes right back. Ive been on antibiotics which cleared it up but when i stopped the meds it came back.
Ive been super good w/ hygiene, cleaning before and after rides, scrubbing shorts in hibiclense (antibacterum) sitz baths etc. Nothing works. I guess i probaly made it worse by trying to lance it a few months back, and then again the other day, I was able to drain it some w/ some discharge but now it's in bad shape. I cannot stop riding as ive been off teh bike too much due to other circumstances and if i dont start now i can forget next race season. I've also been using an RX for cortisone which helps w/ the swelling and redness/soreness. MOre antibiotics?
re: Chronic Saddle Sore:(Colombian Climber
Oct 28, 2001 5:08 AM
Have you tried Cafe Chamois Cream? It is medicated and kills bacterias As you ride. Also take a hot "Bath" everyday. It helps circulation and the think will be goone in no time. I also used acne meds such as Oxy 10%. It works wonders.
Good luck
re: Chronic Saddle Sore:(smokinjoe
Oct 28, 2001 6:35 AM
Thanks, ill get some. Hot baths help relieve the disomfort but doesnt heal me. Appreciative for the good advice.
re: Chronic Saddle Sore:(Big Ring King
Oct 30, 2001 5:53 AM
I have had problems with saddle sores for quite some time. Mine get better later in the season after I have built up some "toughness." One thing that I use on the bike is A&D ointment - for diaper rash. It has done ok for me as it lubricates as well as seems to fight off the ill effects of being in the same hot, sweaty shorts for a few hours. Slather on a good sized glob. Don't be bashful. No clinical documentation to back it up, but you might give it a try. A tube is like 5 bux or so.

Another thing that has helped me deal with SSs is to slightly change my saddle position. I adjusted mine to a slightly more nose up position and it worked wonders. I have a Thomson psot that allows me to micro-adjust my saddle. I am not saying go and tilt your saddle up or down, but maybe if you tweak it a bit it may help.

Also look into other saddles. I know this is a bear because you can't normally test saddles before you buy them. See if a friend has a saddle he is not using and try several different types.

I seem to be the only one in my area who is at least verbal about my problem. It is good to hear I am not the only one! All of the tweaking I am advocating will take a lot of time. You need to give your body time to adjust to each change and then decide if it helps or not. Another complicating factor will be the changing attire that is impending. Most areas of the country are cooling down and that requires more clothing which will affect your comfort (either way - good or bad.) Take that into consideration when determining comfort. I know how you feel about not wanting to take time off the bike. For me it does not help. Like I said, I need to build up toughness in my backside to deal with the saddle sores. It has worked for me. I just hope I never have to reproduce my saddle position in a hurry - ever!

Good luck
BRK
re: Chronic Saddle Sore:(Wayne
Nov 6, 2001 6:28 AM
I'm a physical therapist with a little bit of wound care experience and I would recommend getting that looked at by a doctor. Although you say your on antibiotics so maybe you have done this already. Not to freak you out, but you can get pretty deep abscesses down in that region. It may heal over at the skin but you could have a pocket of infection tunneling northward eating away the underlying tissue. The fact that it won't heal, breaks open, and there is pus makes me suspect this is the case. If this is the case, the abscess needs to heal from the inside out which may require packing the wound, etc. Go see a doctor!
re: Chronic Saddle Sore:(phil
Nov 10, 2001 4:03 PM
Use a product called BAG BALM.