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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Where even Richard Nixon has got soul
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Bad news...to get rid of the boils, you need to stay off the bike for a few days. Keep them clean. Treat them with antibiotic ointment. If they don't clear up, see a doctor. Boils can be lanced and steroidal ointments can be used to treat them.
If you MUST Ride, get some moleskin, or Dr. Scholl's corn pads. The corn pads have a hole in the middle. Moleskin you will have to cut into a donut shape. Put them around the boil to relieve pressure on the site.
A boil is an infection of a hair follicle. To prevent them in the future, reduce friction by using Chamois Butt'R, Chamois Creme, or something similar. Don't use vaseline or anything like it. Petroleum Jelly clogs pores, traps bacteria and doesn't allow your skin to breath. Cleanliness is key. Get out of your wet shorts immediately after a ride. Wash your saddle area thoroughly. Swab the area with rubbing alchohol to toughen the skin and kill bacteria.
Honestly, I think some of us are more prone to these saddle sores than others, but most everyone will get them some time. They are a painful annoyance but not a reflection on your moral rectitude or physical hygiene.
Religion is a good thing for good people and a bad thing for bad people. --H. Richard Niebuhr