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    Fellow amps

    Some tips if you please.

    I have been having a great deal of issue this summer with blisters coming up on my leg from sweat. I cannot stop every time I need to dry off, I would never get any riding done. I had inquired about having lazer surgery done to kill the sweat glands and eliminate the problem that way, but my insurance considers it cosmetic surgery and will not pay.

    Many of the creams and pastes out contain petroleum and eat my liner causing holes to form. The ones that don't have petroleum absorb into the skin too fast to do any good. I have tried roll on and spray on antiperspirants to no avail, some even caused me rashes.

    What do you do in the summer heat to avoid rubbing problems?
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    A product called chamois butter helps me a lot. It is glycerine based, found it at local bike shop

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    I use a coolmax sock inside the liner.
    The prescription anti-perspirant has not helped me, but I am going to give it another trial (I think it's called Drysol). I use Zeasorb power inside my liner, and cornstarch powder plus zinc oxide diaper rash cream on the spots where I get a lot of friction. Zeasorb contains microporous cellulose, which absorbs a lot of liquid.

    Depending on heat and humidity, I have to take the leg off to dry off every 15-30 miles.
    I don't get blisters, but I will get like prickly heat rash if I don't remove the sweat and dry off.

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    Hope you both have a good summer of riding. Thing Ill try some of esther"s suggestions. I entered my first bike race 3 months ago and it was fun to see people speed up when the "one legged guy" started coming around. always finish first in one catagory though-one legged guys over 50 on a Trek. I am RBK

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    I looked up the ingredients on my diaper rash cream - it has petrolatum, so will not work with your liner.
    Best of luck with the racing!

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    I use Hypercare prescription antiperspirant and a coolmax sock. I still have to dry my stump and refit every 20 miles or so. I am a LBK

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    Go to CVS and get a product called Bag Balm. I learned this from a Vietnam war amputee who has done RAAM three times.
    the stuff is crazy expensive...10 bucks for a can that will last you the rest of your life. It's a balm from New England used to treat chapped nipples on cows but is one of those things that's great for people too. The grease is lanolin...wool fat, the oil in wool.
    It doesnt eat liners, doesn't break down your skin, doesn't thin down like chamois butter and lasts a long time without migrating around your stump.
    leave it to New England farmers to come up with something 200 years ago that's the perfect thing now in the day of space ships, Internet, etc.
    Chamois Butter is great on your crotch, I use copious amounts of it, but what you need inside your liner is GREASE.
    Chamoise Butter is specially formulated to not be greasy. Which works for Chamoise but your stump needs straight grease and bag a balm is the best stuff that stays put, doesn't get watery.
    Olnly put it on the friction places though. Be very selective on where you apply it.
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    Thanks for that suggestion. I still have massive issue in summertime on long rides. I would love to have botox/lazer to kill the sweat glands on my residual...but alas....
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
    Thanks for that suggestion. I still have massive issue in summertime on long rides. I would love to have botox/lazer to kill the sweat glands on my residual...but alas....
    Yeah same here. It gets so sweaty it starts coming out of the top.
    another product that works well is something called Tegaderm. It's in the bandage section at the drug store. Basically it is a super thin "second skin" membrane that is impervious to water but that sweat can still evaporate through. It works about as well as grease, without leaving residue on the liner. Just kind of pricy, like 10 bucks for 8 of them. It will stay on up to three days though.

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    I actually have an old liner that I use for cycling and put a couple of small pinholes in the bottom of to allow the sweat to drain out. I, like you, was having pretty bad issue with sweat buildup to the point of flowing out the top, causing my liner to slip off, etc. The only downside I have found so far is that I have to have the shuttle mech. swapped out about twice a year due to rust on the spring. I have found that if I pull it and keep WD-40 on the spring portion that it lasts a bit longer before rusting up and breaking. The rest of it is stainless and have no issue with it. I wouldn't do it for walking, just because of the incoming air issue, but have found that for cycling it seems to work pretty well. The discovery was quite by accident as a prior liner just developed the holes and it worked out for me. I have found that wearing new liners to ride, or new socks for that matter, is a recipe for much expense in buying new ones.
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